Ecology and biodiversity

Victoria researchers work on a range of projects in marine biology, conservation biology, reproductive biology, evolutionary genetics and more.

Many of these projects involve collaboration with other organisations, including the nearby National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

The School of Biological Sciences is a southern hemisphere leader in several areas of conservation biology including large mammal and reptile conservation. Researchers have study sites on nearby islands in Cook Strait and as far afield as Antarctica, South Africa and South America.

Our biodiversity and ecology researchers work to identify and restore depleted populations, species and communities in ecosystems that have been impacted by human activity.

Researchers in our Marine Biology programme have strengths in pure and applied research in areas such as aquaculture, coral reefs, fish population dynamics, coastal protection, biodiversity and conservation. Our excellent Coastal Ecology Laboratory, at Wellington’s south coast, overlooks spectacular exposed rocky reef systems typical of Cook Strait.

Victoria is one of five universities participating in the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, which brings together researchers working on projects in molecular biology, ecology and evolution. Victoria researchers specialise in using ecological and molecular techniques to investigate New Zealand’s biodiversity, focusing on species like tuatara, kiwi and native frogs.