News

  • 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.
  • 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.