Environment and sustainability
Existing reserves too small to protect crayfish
4 May 2021
Even inside fully-protected marine reserves crayfish numbers have plummeted and numbers outside reserves are likely much lower than official estimates, a new University of Auckland study shows.
Why animal culture matters for conservation
21 April 2021
Researchers say conservation of some of the world’s most endangered species needs to take cultural knowledge of the animals into account when working out how best to protect them.
University partners with QS to support fair access to education internationally
13 April 2021
Educators and data scientists will discuss the best opportunities for building a more equitable education system to improve access for under represented groups at a summit hosted by the University of Auckland in partnership with QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).
Choose your kaimoana wisely
12 April 2021
Opinion: Veronica Rotman provides a guide on decisions we can make when choosing fish at the supermarket to help with sustainability and avoid harming the oceans.
Climate change driving global movement of marine species
7 April 2021
A new study shows for the first time at a global scale and across all kinds of species that marine life has been changing its distribution away from the equator in direct response to climate change.
Freewheeling our way to net zero carbon
25 March 2021
Opinion: We may have the tools and technologies to become low-carbon, but we'll need extra care and government intervention to make the transition equitable.
Connection of Atmospheric Rivers to water availability and extreme rainfall
23 March 2021
A study led by the University of Auckland has investigated how Atmospheric Rivers (ARs) drive surface water availability and extreme rainfall events.
Invasive wasps share resources on offshore island
18 March 2021
A study of invasive wasps on an island off the coast of Coromandel Peninsula shows they are able to share resources such as food and habitat instead of competing with each other, a worrying result for conservation.
Birds and the bees: A slow-moving tragedy
12 March 2021
Opinion: NZ’s native bees and almost all our sea birds could face extinction. Action and research are needed more than ever, write Maria Armoudian and Brendon Dunphy.
Ocean acidification causes hearing loss in fish - study
3 March 2021
Higher levels of CO2 affect the ability of young snapper to hear, according to a new study published by scientists from the University of Auckland, NIWA and James Cook University in Australia.
Scientists offer free soil tests for Kiwis
1 March 2021
A nationwide project to investigate the soil beneath our feet has been launched by scientists and New Zealanders are encouraged to send in samples of their own garden soil for analysis.
Pest-free goal won’t be achieved without new and better tools
23 February 2021
New Zealand’s goal to become predator free by 2050 will remain an unrealised dream unless new technologies and advances in social engagement continue to be developed, researchers who first promoted it say.