News

  • Meet the trailblazers | Joan Dingley
    21 September 2018
    Joan Dingley's science helped mould-proof tents and radio equipment in the Pacific during World War II. Read more about her and other trailblazing women scientists.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Ingrid Visser
    18 September 2018
    Read about alumna Dr Ingrid Visser's career as a world-leading expert in Orca whales as part of the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.
  • Japan’s whale kill ‘frustrating’ – marine researcher
    06 September 2018
    As Japan comes under fire from international conservation groups alleging more than 50 minke whales were killed inside Antarctic’s Ross Sea Marine Protected Area, New Zealand scientists say important research on whale populations is being undertaken without the need to hunt.
  • Curious little scientists question the world
    06 August 2018
    A class of 24 preschoolers from Learning Edge Montessori Preschool (Glen Eden) recently visited the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Restoring the Hauraki Gulf with mussels
    19 June 2018
    Dr Andrew Jeffs talks to Radio NZ about a project to restore the mussel beds in the waters around Auckland that could provide part of the answer to cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Mātauranga and science join forces in new research
    14 June 2018
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) recently announced that it has awarded $100,000 in funding towards a project that aims to improve the way in which scientists work with and engage with Māori.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • University marine biologist wins environment award
    08 June 2018
    Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
  • Not letting the neighbours ruin the mood
    06 June 2018
    New research into the reproductive behaviour of one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and unusual insects – the cave weta – shows that the male weta’s distinctively-elongated hind legs play a vital role in ensuring mating success.
  • Biological Sciences team win Centre for Brain Research prize
    17 May 2018
    Professor Russell Snell, Associate Professor Klaus Lehnert, Dr Jessie Jacobsen and Dr Pritika Narayan from the School of Biological Sciences won the Centre for Brain Research's Collaborative Science Prize for their work in The Applied Translational Genetics Group. Their award was presented by the Governor-General.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.