Institute of Marine Science

Our institute brings together a wide range of expertise and facilities to help improve our understanding of the marine environment.

Leigh Marine Reserve, credit: Paul Caiger

We research a whole range of marine processes, from fisheries and aquaculture to oceanography and marine chemistry.


Masters student Veronica Rotman challenges Seafood NZ’s advertising campaign claim that Māui dolphins are not at risk from commercial fishing.

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Dr Shane Lavery says the Madagascar dugong is genetically unique and this really confirms our worst fears in terms of their survival.

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John Montgomery

Marine Science brings together academic staff from seven departments as well as external partners including NIWA and Cawthron Institute.

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Marine Science student

Explore our range of Marine Science programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

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Keren rinsing plankton

Combining a wide range of disciplines our research aims to improve understanding of the coastal and marine environment.

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Lucy van Oosterom

Meet our graduates and find out where their Marine Science degree has taken them.

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Leigh Marine Lab

The University's 'marine campus' sits at the edge of Goat Island, New Zealand's oldest marine reserve.

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Reflected fish at Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Our Discovery Centre is a must for anyone interested in New Zealand’s marine environment.

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hermit crab

Our graduate school is a partnership with NIWA and offers unique opportunities in postgraduate research.

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Two students examine a CubeSat in the APSS cleanroom

We work with a broad range of private and government organisations.

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Marine science news

Keep up to date with the latest Science and Marine Science news

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Search for upcoming public events in the Faculty of Science.

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marine students

View important notices about scholarship opportunities, competitions and more.

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