Overview: Research in the School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences is a very active and vibrant research environment, and we earn over $3 million of external grant income per annum.
UC operates five field stations across the South Island that allow our students and researchers excellent access to a wide range of environments from marine to alpine. (See the Field Facilities Centre website for details). The School also conducts research around the globe with active projects in places as diverse as Antarctica, Tonga, Kenya, Panama and Nigeria.
As our research underpins our teaching, we present our research interests in the same streams as our undergraduate teaching. And as there is overlap and collaboration between different areas of biology, many of our staff are listed in multiple streams.
We welcome contact from potential students, collaborators and anyone interested in our research, so feel free to contact any member of staff directly. View full staff listing.
Detailed information about the research of individuals, research groups, projects and disciplines.
Three broad discipline areas cover biological research at UC
- Animal Behaviour
Sexual selection to cognition and communication systems to parental care
- Animal Physiology
Physical and chemical processes that occur within animals
Free Radical Biochemistry, Biomolecular Interactions
- Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
How cells work and what they are composed of, and the structure and function of genes
Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
- Evolutionary Biology
Gene Ecology, Population and Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology
Algal Taxonomy, Mycology, Soil Microbiology, Virology
- Plant Physiology and Biotechnology
Physical and chemical processes within plants, and the application of biological understanding