News

  • A tiny answer to a stinky problem
    05 February 2018
    PhD candidate Tom Saunders explains to Newsroom why the brown marmorated stink bug presents a serious threat to important food crops and the tiny wasp that could help stop it.
  • First global invasive species list compiled at University of Auckland
    23 January 2018
    The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) is the first open-access, evidence-based information platform for invasive species which threaten the survival of mammals, birds and plants across the globe.
  • Heat creates perfect breeding conditions for bugs
    17 January 2018
    Professor Jacqueline Beggs talks to Radio NZ about how the summer heat is creating an explosion in insect numbers.
  • Wasps are wiping out New Zealand's native bugs, experts believe
    17 December 2017
    Voracious killer wasps are causing some of New Zealand's native bugs to go extinct, insect experts believe. Associate Professor Jacqueline Beggs talks to the Sunday Star Times about her study to determine the effects that wasps have on their fellow invertebrates.
  • Treatment for Huntington’s could be step closer
    12 December 2017
    Scientists believe they have identified one of the very earliest changes in the brain that results in Huntington’s Disease and that the discovery holds a vital clue to developing the first-ever treatment for the disease.
  • Faculty of Science represented in 2017’s highly cited researchers
    30 November 2017
    Professor Andrew Allan from the School of Biological Sciences has been named as one of the world’s most cited researchers in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher list.
  • Rutherford Discovery Fellows discuss science impact
    22 November 2017
    Rutherford Discovery Fellows from the School of Biological Sciences met this week with MBIE representatives to discuss how science impact is measured in New Zealand.
  • Major funding boost for Science at University of Auckland
    02 November 2017
    Thirteen research projects across mathematics, computer science, cosmology, astrobiology, biological sciences, statistics, chemistry and psychology are funded with $8,778,000 from the Marsden Fund for 2017.
  • Auckland Genomics provides new genetic screening technology
    01 November 2017
    Liam Williams, Kristine Boxen and Clare Gebbie from the School of Biological Sciences' Auckland Genomics have been working with ReproMed to perform pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos. This screening, using next generation sequencing, improves the chance of women in their late 30s getting pregnant using IVF by up to 25 per cent.
  • Scientist without Frontiers
    31 October 2017
    For the last three years conservation biologist Dr James Russell has been travelling and collaborating across Brazil as part of the Scientist without Frontiers programme. Follow James on National Geographic voices for regular updates on his work and other exciting developments in island conservation.
  • Blind scholar could help fix her own condition
    30 October 2017
    School of Biological Sciences doctoral student, Alix Coysh, has retinitis pigmentosa and is almost legally blind. She talks to Newsroom about her PhD, using the ground-breaking science of bioinformatics, and working with an Oxford University team on the quest for a cure for her rare condition.
  • Teaching digital technologies? Win a scholarship (worth approx $1,000) to study COMPSCI 101
    30 October 2017
    We are funding 10 scholarships (worth approximately $1,000 each) for digital technologies teachers to study COMPSCI 101 at the 2018 Summer School.
  • EXERSCI 100G now available for all undergraduates on the Summer School 2018 open schedule
    30 October 2017
    Exciting news! The hugely popular General Education course EXERSCI 100G (formerly SPORTSCI 100G) is now available on the open schedule for the 2018 Summer School. This means that it is available for undergraduate students from all faculties and programmes to come and study.
  • Join 233 cities in Climathon
    20 October 2017
    The University of Auckland is hosting Auckland's first ever Climathon over 24 hours on 27 October. Read the blogs from our contributing scientists and others - and get involved!
  • Snapper family ties provide new evidence on marine reserves
    18 October 2017
    A higher proportion of young snapper in fishing areas north of Auckland are related to adult snapper from the Goat Island Marine Reserve, confirming what scientists have long suspected: the reserve acts as a giant snapper nursery.
  • Malfoy the wasp no longer unknown to Science
    09 October 2017
    It’s one of our least-loved insects, with a particularly gruesome reproductive technique, but University of Auckland doctoral student Tom Saunders is on a mission to rescue our native wasps from their bad name.
  • Rutherford Discovery Fellowship awarded for conservation management methods
    06 October 2017
    Dr Emma Carroll, a PhD graduate and post-doctoral fellow from the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a 2017 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
  • Husband and wife graduate same day with same degree
    26 September 2017
    Francesca Casu and husband Davide Zazzaro like to joke they do everything together so it’s no surprise that today they graduate from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science with matching doctorates.
  • Graduating with a biological sciences degree opens up a world of possibilities
    21 September 2017
    160 School of Biological Sciences students will graduate next week. Hear from two of the eleven PhD students who believe that pursuing their passion for biology has helped them find work.
  • Restoring the mauri of our oceans
    13 September 2017
    Two important points have received little attention in the intense debate on the perilous state of our streams and rivers. Professor Mary Sewell and her co-authors share their concerns for the mauri of our oceans with Newsroom.