News

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bigger waves needed to turn the tide on plastics
    15 March 2018
    Emily Frost (Biological Sciences) urges the government to do more to fight plastic pollution in our seas and notice the work by NZ’s environmental groups.
  • Society for Reproductive Biology Inaugural Founder's Medal
    09 March 2018
    Congratulations to Professor Eileen McLaughlin, from the School of Biological Sciences, for being awarded the Society for Reproductive Biology Founder’s Medal.
  • Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society
    09 March 2018
    The Postdoctoral Society is going from strength to strength since their inaugural research symposium in 2016.
  • Science academics innovative cancer vaccine achieves significant milestones
    08 March 2018
    SapVax, the cancer immunotherapy spin out company founded by the Faculty of Science’s Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, Professor Rod Dunbar and Dr Geoff Williams has reached two more significant milestones in its quest to develop peptide-based, self-adjuvanting cancer vaccines.
  • Seen a sick starfish lately? Scientists would like to know
    16 February 2018
    A wasting disease is killing starfish around the world and scientists are concerned the disease could start to have an effect on New Zealand starfish species.
  • Solving the kiwifruit crisis a winner
    13 February 2018
    Associate Professor Matthew Templeton is an integral part of a 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research who have won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis.
  • Karakia (blessing) for new Tuākana space in Old Choral Hall
    08 February 2018
    Staff and students gathered to bless the new SBS space in Old Choral Hall and support the ongoing Tuākana programme, now led by Brendon Dunphy. Michael Steedman led the ceremony.
  • 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.