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.


Jun2Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series - Anna Carter
Date: 2 June 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: HMLT103
Dr Anna Carter presents Modelling the incubation environment informs predictions of habitat suitability for tuatara… Read more
Aug18The 12th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Clinical Research
Date: 18 August 2016
Time: 12.00 am
Venue: The Pullman Hotel, Auckland
The New Zealand Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes) is the professional association for clinical researchers… Read more

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24 May 2016 Too many kaka? What nonsense
Conservation has a new frontier. Its location may surprise some New Zealanders, because it's not an isolated beach or distant alpine valley. Long silent, these places remain so, their birdlife and dawn choruses destroyed as predatory mammals invaded over the past two and more centuries. Read more
23 May 2016 Studying the behaviour of potential rhino horn poachers
From the African savannahs to Kelburn is a leap of both distance and imagination, but a group of Victoria University of Wellington biology students is carrying out an experiment to learn about the behaviour of potential poachers of rhinoceros horns. Read more
11 May 2016 A final wave for Dave after 50 years at Victoria
Half a century is something to be celebrated—in marriage, birthdays, cricket, and for Victoria University’s Dr David Burton, in teaching. 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.