School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Explore biology at a school ranked top in New Zealand for its research quality.

Our world-class staff can introduce you to biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, marine biology, New Zealand’s endangered species, reproductive biology and more.

There are also opportunities for you to join more than 200 postgraduate students from around the world who are taking part in groundbreaking research and discovery.

Find out more about what we can offer and our state-of-the-art facilities.


Oct27Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series 2016 - Msc Aims & Methods talks
Date: 27 October 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: SBS Tearoom (KK501)
Roald Bomans (Stephen Hartley):Using bioacoustics to monitor the effects of 1080 on native bird populations… Read more

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19 October 2016 PhD student a finalist for this year's Wellingtonian of the Year awards!
A huge congratulations to Victor Anton for being announced as one of this year's finalists for the Wellingtonian of the Year awards in the Environment category. Read more
17 October 2016 Why Tuatara are so unique
Tuatara expert Nicky Nelson of Victoria University spoke with RNZ about everything you need to know about one of the world's most unique animals. Read more
14 October 2016 Local botanist awarded the Allan Mere
Retired SBS botanist Dr John Dawson was presented the Allan Mere today. This award, administered by the New Zealand Botanical Society, recognises botanists who have made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand botany. Read more

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Alistair Brown, PhD candidate

Alistair Brown’s interest in using bacteria to solve a problem drew him to biology. Now he’s doing research he hopes will lead to the identification of new antibiotics. Watch Alistair’s story.