Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences


We offer students, individuals wishing to upskill, and industry a wide range of world-renowned undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, facilities and services. Our school collaborates closely with several leading research centres, and in association with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology operates the first dedicated bio-incubator in New Zealand.

The Inside Word

Are you wanting to know what life is REALLY like at uni? Classes, events, money, studying, stressing… Get the Inside Word, straight from the people who are experiencing it. Follow the blog to find out about your first year of study.

Whale watch

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has recently returned from an MBIE-funded voyage to the new Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area. She talks to Kim Hill about baleen whales and more.

Engineered skin offers new hope

Professor Rod Dunbar co-founded Upside Biotechnologies, a company developing a world-class skin replacement treatment for burn victims. Read about his research on pages 18 and 20 of InSCight magazine.

  • New School of Biological Science appointees bring a wealth of experience to their roles
    10 April 2018
    Maren Wellenreuther and David Pattemore return to SBS in teaching roles bringing their extensive international postdoctoral and academic experience with them.
  • Fancy a wager?
    06 April 2018
    New Zealand’s Hihi (Stitchbirds) plight with parasites that may affect their fertility, and a friendly wager between two researchers during their fieldwork, has produced a very creative project to raise money that will go towards sustaining and building new populations of the cheeky bird.
  • Biodiversity and Auckland’s 10 year plan
    22 March 2018
    Is a healthy environment a great extra for a city or should it be a key part of policy decisions? Associate Professor Margaret Stanley is arguing the importance and worth of biodiversity, as Auckland looks ahead to what its money should be spent on over the next ten years.
  • Meet Lusius malfoyi, a parasitoid wasp
    22 March 2018
    Wasps have a bad reputation – but doctoral candidate Tom Saunders says many of them do not deserve it, and he is on a mission to raise the profile and restore the reputation of New Zealand’s native parasitoid wasps.
  • Take action on land to save the seas
    20 March 2018
    Professor Mary Sewell says wanting cleaner, plastic-free neighbourhoods and beaches does not make you a crazy person, it makes you a 'Tidy Kiwi'. She shares the steps we can take as individuals to reduce the plastic that reaches our oceans.
  • Register now | Three-Minute Thesis Competition 2018
    19 April 2018
    Could you explain an 80,000 word thesis in just 180 seconds? This year's 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges postgraduate students to communicate their research to a general audience in just 3 minutes with a single presentation slide. The Faculty of Science heats will be held on 21 May. Register now.