Our World and Universe

Māi i te whenua ki te rangi, Māi i te rangi ki te whenua | Seeking to advance our understanding of our planet and universe.

We are a diverse group focused on furthering our understanding of the Earth and the universe. Our research spans several intertwined areas.

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Surviving life in extreme environments

Associate Professor Tony Hickey investigates marine life thriving in harsh environments, and how this informs our own adaptation to climate change.


Tracking marine life in the Hauraki Gulf

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine and her team are using satellite tracking and drones to explore the lives of whales, dolphins, fish and birds.

Where do all the elements come from?

Dr J.J. Eldridge talks about research into the lives and deaths of stars, especially binary stars that have very different lives to single stars like our Sun.

Uncovering the past, understanding the present, protecting the future

Find out about the great work the University is doing in the Hauraki Gulf – New Zealand’s only marine national park.

Techweek - The future of space in New Zealand

Watch the recorded panel discussion for this event (May 2019) and go to our About us page to view our other activities.

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This issue's cover image is of the night sky taken from the Southern Ocean shoreline near Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Babak Tafreshi - an award-winning photographer, a science journalist and the founder of The World at Night programme.

The 2019 issue of the faculty's alumni magazine is focused on space and has a number of articles from Our World and Universe researchers.

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A multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses on environmental restoration, conservation and sustainability.

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Interested in questions that promise to transcend disciplinary boundaries: what is the origin of life? Is our own universe part of a much larger multiverse?


Join us to find a way to better humanity, build a satellite, and launch it into space.

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This initiative brings analytical centre equipment and expertise together under one administrative umbrella.

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Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views from New Zealand's leading university.

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