The galaxy

Earth and physical sciences

New Zealand is one of the most geologically active countries in the world with a landscape subjected to wind, rain, sea and volcanic and seismic activity.

With expertise gained in this natural laboratory, our earth scientists work on many challenging questions, conducting field work throughout New Zealand and on every continent.

Other researchers use our laboratory and computing facilities to look inside and manipulate materials, molecules and atoms and to study terrestrial and galactic magnetism and the geochemistry of supervolcanoes and meteorites.

Wellington is New Zealand’s science capital and our scientists collaborate with government science agencies and Crown Research Institutes. Victoria’s research centres bring together scientists from across the Faculty of Science and our researchers play leading roles in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national centre for research excellence.