News

  • Leading chemistry researcher wins award
    20 May 2015
    Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been named as one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
  • Putting a price on a predator-free New Zealand
    16 March 2015
    A vision of a New Zealand free from the worst introduced predators is not a fantasy, say scientists, who have analysed the costs of such a project for the first time.
  • Study of leaf pores may help scientists predict climate
    04 March 2015
    A major global research project to help build better climate models is using data collected from plants at 56 sites around the world including kauri trees at Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.
  • New SBS doctoral students get to work
    16 February 2015
    SBS welcomes 10 new doctoral students
  • Of vineyard fungi, goats and cats: Summer scholars tackle research projects
    13 February 2015
    Meet our current Summer Scholar students
  • Crabs, kea and insects’ sense of smell: SBS celebrates 12 new PhDs
    02 February 2015
    The School of Biological Sciences celebrated 12 new PhDs late last year, with topics ranging from the meaning of kea calls to the molecular makeup of the sense of smell in insects.
  • SBS scientists win research awards
    17 December 2014
    Dr Christopher Walker of the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences has gained $205,261for research into a new class of pain treatments.
  • Six of the best
    05 December 2014
    A native bird, brain damage and protein “bombs” – these are just three of the SBS research topics that attracted Marsden Fund grants in November.
  • The School of Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Society
    01 December 2014
    A group of tenacious postdoctoral researchers from the School of Biological Sciences were thinking about leadership one day and came up with an idea to organise inspirational seminars around the theme of “Pathway to Independence."
  • Getting a fix on proteins
    20 November 2014
    Proteins are the molecular building blocks of life. There’s still a lot to learn about them – and tools developed by SBS post-doctoral researcher Tet Woo Lee promise a new approach.
  • Professor Juliet Gerrard: A protein-packed life
    18 November 2014
    If, one day, soldiers wear uniforms made of material that can repair their own rips or sense contact with a toxic substance, biochemist Juliet Gerrard will be one of the scientists to thank.
  • A predator-free New Zealand is possible: Marsden Medal winner
    14 November 2014
    A New Zealand where native wildlife live without fear of predators is the vision of one of the country’s foremost conservation scientists, who has been awarded the Marsden Medal for 2014 at a ceremony in Wellington.
  • SBS scoops six Marsdens
    13 November 2014
    Six researchers from the School of Biological Sciences have scooped grants from the prestigious Marsden Fund.
  • SBS head joins NIWA board
    03 November 2014
    School of Biological Sciences head Professor Gillian Lewis has been appointed to the seven-member board of the Crown Research Institute NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
  • ‘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.
  • 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.
  • Extinction claims “nonsense”, says SBS professor
    23 May 2014
    Scientists who claim that biological collecting has caused species extinction have sparked a furore, with the School of Biological Sciences’ Professor Kendall Clements among more than 120 scientists worldwide who have called the claims false.
  • SBS celebrates 17 new doctors of philosophy
    15 May 2014
    The School of Biological Sciences celebrated 17 new Phds during its Autumn Graduation breakfast, held at the Thomas building last Friday.
  • Two SBS staff promoted to Professor
    16 April 2014
    The School of Biological Sciences has two new professors – Mike Pearson, a plant pathologist with a specific interest in viruses, and Richard Newcomb, of the Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science.