School of Biological Sciences


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.

Meet our staff

Associate Professor Debbie Hay hopes that her current research into ways to halt tumour growth will lead to new treatments to fight cancer.

Find a research project

Looking for a PhD, MSc or BSc(Hons) research project? Browse through a list of available projects and supervisors in our 9 thematic research sections.

SBS in the media

Every week, the School of Biological Sciences' research is featured in various national and international media. Read through a selection of recent articles.

  • ‘Superheated ice’ found in Antarctic fishes
    23 September 2014
    A new study from a multinational research team at the School of Biological Sciences and the Universities of Oregon and Illinois, working out of Scott Base and McMurdo Station, set out to understand how Antarctic fishes cope with ice build-up in their bodies.
  • Rats no longer rule
    09 September 2014
    The University of Auckland is holding a celebration to mark 50 years since the first confirmed island rodent eradication in 1964, an effort that helped inspire a whole new generation of scientists and conservationists.
  • Size doesn’t matter if you’re a sex sneak
    05 September 2014
    Research into the mating behaviour of one of New Zealand’s most unusual insects shows it doesn’t always pay to be brave – sneaking sex can be just as effective.
  • Over invasion further threatens native species
    13 August 2014
    A better understanding of how invasive species interact with one another is crucial to future conservation management.
  • Wine-making yeast has clever trick to ensure survival
    07 August 2014
    Wine-making yeast produces nice smells to attract the highest number of fruit flies, which in turn helps it disperse over the widest area of a vineyard, according to research by Mat Goddard of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.
  • Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises
    08 July 2014
    Fish may experience heart failure as ocean temperatures rise due to climate change, according to new research from the University of Auckland.