School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Explore biology with us. Our wide range of courses and research will introduce you to marine biology, drug discovery, reproductive biology, evolutionary genetics, New Zealand's endangered species and more.

We strive for excellence in research, supported by state of the art facilities. Fieldwork sites are located close to campus or to our new coastal ecology laboratory.

Around 200 postgraduate students from around the world find a warm welcome here and benefit from the combined expertise of our world class research staff.

Watch an introductory video and read more about the School.


Apr24SeminarsBug Week Seminar
Date: 24 April 2014
Time: 8.00 pm
Venue: Zealandia
Join Olivia Vergara from Victoria University of Wellington as she presents her preliminary results… Read more
Apr28SBS Seminar Series 2014 - Ary Hoffman
Date: 28 April 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: HU 119
Professor Ary Hoffman, Department of Genetics & Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne presents… Read more

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11 April 2014 Bid for more cash to tackle wasp problem
Entomologists are trying to drum up increased funding to fight a huge wasp problem. Read more
11 April 2014 Climate change impacts tuatara population
A new study involving researchers from Victoria University of Wellington shows climate change could ultimately result in the extinction of a population of tuatara. Read more
27 March 2014 Huge wasp numbers concern
Entomologists are frantically trying to drum up increased funding to fight a huge wasp problem that has been made even worse by the recent arrival of another invader. Read more

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Lord Howe

New field course: Island Biology 

Immerse yourself in the basic principles of island ecology, evolution and conservation during a week-long field trip to Lord Howe Island.

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Ranked first for research in New Zealand


New from Science

SCIE 201  Energy, Society and the Future
SCIE 302  Revolutions in Science
SCIE 401  Climate Science and Decision Making

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