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.

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Visit us in Alfred Nathan House for information and advice on your degree, your enrolment, fee payments, how to find your way around the campus, Campus Card, visa renewals and more.

New Zealand's own blue whales

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine is part of a team of researchers who say a group of blue whales found around the South Taranaki Bight are genetically distinct from those in the Pacific and Southern oceans.

Take 10 with Dr Kristal Cain

Dr Kristal Cain enjoys her research because she is constantly challenged and spends a lot of time problem solving and testing long-standing ideas and assumptions about why animals do the things they do.

  • Biological Sciences team win Centre for Brain Research prize
    17 May 2018
    Professor Russell Snell, Associate Professor Klaus Lehnert, Dr Jessie Jacobsen and Dr Pritika Narayan from the School of Biological Sciences won the Centre for Brain Research's Collaborative Science Prize for their work in The Applied Translational Genetics Group. Their award was presented by the Governor-General.
  • No sex means longer life
    07 May 2018
    Promiscuity is a bad idea for female stick insects, in fact their smartest option is to have no sex at all.
  • New PhD Leadership Development Programme launches this month
    20 April 2018
    Four doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Science have been accepted into a new leadership development programme with The New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI).
  • New School of Biological Sciences 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.