Institute of Marine Science


Our research

The Institute of Marine Science is multidisciplinary in its scientific approach, combining a wide range of disciplines,including biology, ecology, physics, statistics, chemistry and mathematics, to work towards improving our understanding of the marine environment.

We are interested in:

  • How marine organisms sense and respond to their environment.
  • The interactions between human activities and natural processes in the marine environment.
  • The development of useful properties of marine organisms for human uses.
  • Gaining a better understanding how natural processes in the marine environment operate.
  • Staff research interests

    Discover research topics at the Leigh Marine Laboratory.

  • Publications

    Find a list of all publications related to marine science on the University Library website.

  • Postgraduate research

    Select your postgraduate thesis topic from our diverse range of research projects, and get inspired by the projects other students are currently working on.

  • Research facilities

    The IMS provides purpose-build facilities for students undertaking research at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, and access to some NIWA facilities.

  • Featured research

    Read about some of our exciting research projects.