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.

Restoring mussels

The Science of Restoring Mussels

Watch the video and see how our researchers at the Leigh Marine Laboratory are helping increase the health of our oceans, rivers and waterways.

Professor Mark Costello pictured in a marine park in Raja Ampat, West Papua New Guinea (Indonesia), the region with the highest density of marine species in the world.

Unlike land animals, threatened marine species recover by themselves, at no cost – we just need to stop killing them, writes Professor Mark Costello.

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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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