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.


PhD student Harry Allard from Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre spoke to Radio NZ about Luna, a tricky octopus who has it in for him.

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For alumnus William Trubridge, free diving has become a passion in which he excels. He holds multiple world record titles.

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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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Incredible science

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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