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.

Postgraduate Week 2018

Research opportunities, a love of learning and career opportunities are just some of the reasons to start your postgraduate journey. Find out more and register for the Science information evening on 21 May.

Curious kids at the STEM Fair

MOTAT was inundated with a gaggle of excited and curious young scientists in early April at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Fair. The annual event involves SBS academics.

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.

  • 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.