News

  • 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.
  • Congratulations Kayla Imrie: Winner of Maori Sportsperson of the Year 2014 Blues Award
    06 October 2014
    School of Biological Sciences student, Kayla Imrie, is a Blues Award recipient.
  • ‘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.
  • Windblown logging detrimental to forest ecosystems
    25 June 2014
    Conservation Minister Nick Smith is expected to introduce legislation into Parliament tomorrow to allow windblown logging on the West Coast after large areas of forest were damaged by Cyclone Ita in April this year.
  • Expert on future of genomic medicine visiting University of Auckland
    18 June 2014
    A leading researcher on human genome sequencing and its potential for large-scale population study of disease will speak at a University of Auckland seminar.
  • Bee discovery may improve patient post-operative care
    05 June 2014
    A University of Auckland study that proves bees navigate by building mental maps of familiar terrain has the potential to improve post-operative care of patients.
  • 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.