Top UC researchers elected Fellows of RSNZ

29 October 2014 Two top University of Canterbury researchers - Professor Alison Downard and Professor David Schiel - have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand. (read article)

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Summer courses in botany and freshwater science

Gain valuable practical field skills over the summer with our intensive short courses. These courses can also be taken as professional development courses people in the workforce looking to upskill. Further infomration on our courses.

Changes to the curriculum – themes, courses and skill-development

Our commitment to you is “At the School of Biological Sciences, we train modern, multi-disciplinary biologists, because you never know where you will go!” With this in mind we are making some improvements to our curriculum to meet your needs.

Biology Handbooks Available

The Biological Sciences 2015 handbooks are now online. If you are considering studies at UC in 2015 it is worth talking with one of our Course Advisors, who can help you plan your future studies.

Undergraduate (PDF 4.4MB)
Postgraduate (PDF, 4.6MB)

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‘It is exciting to be in a field that will challenge me for the rest of my career...’

Annabelle Kerr BSc in Biological Sciences
Master's student, University of Melbourne, Australia
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Events and Announcements

Annual Biology Conference (ABC)

The draft timetable for ABC is now available.

Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

We welcome expressions of interest from potential Rutherford Discovery Fellowship applicants, further details. 

Rugby impacts investigated

The impact of a game of rugby can lead to trauma similar to that seen in car accident victims. Assoc. Prof. Steve Gieseg explains the research to 3News.

Nigerian forest research featured

Find out more about the history of the Biological Sciences' Nigerian Montane Forest Project by listening to an interview of Assoc. Prof. Hazel Chapman by Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand. Listen here via the RadioNZ website.

Bring back the moa?

Moa researcher Prof Richard Holdaway shares what it would take to return the giant birds from extinction on TVNZ's Breakfast show.


Seminars are on Thursdays at 12.00 noon in Biological Sciences, Room 275 of the Biology Research building, unless otherwise specified.
Seminar calendar and abstracts. Everyone is welcome to attend.

25th September Title: TBA
Nicholas Veldhuis
Monash University

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