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The University’s new Aquavan makes a splash

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 5:07pm

The University of Otago has just unveiled its new Aquavan – a purpose built vehicle for transporting marine animal and plant collections for teaching and research and out into the community.

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Marine Science unveil aquavan

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:42am

The Marine Science Aquavan was unveiled yesterday, aptly, on the first day of both ‘Seaweek’ and the Marine Science annual postgraduate orientation week.

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Demolition finished at Portobello – work starting

Friday, 14 October 2016 1:46pm

A large demolition project has finished at the University’s Portobello Marine Laboratory so now building work on a new teaching laboratory, research aquarium and seawater system can begin.

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Action for gender equality in Antarctic science

Friday, 19 August 2016 8:23am

A global ‘Wikibomb’ that aims to blow up the perception Antarctic science is a boy’s club includes three Otago academics among its list of world-leading female scientists.

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Pride of Workmanship Awards

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 9:31am

The winners of this year’s Pride of Workmanship Award at the University are Marine Science Scientific Officer and sediment core specialist Bob Dagg, and Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Anatomy Aven Drayson.

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Work starts soon on Portobello laboratory construction project

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 7:38am

A large demolition and building project is about to start at the University of Otago Portobello Marine Laboratory.

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More attention sought for neglected marine animals

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:09am

An Otago researcher is trying to spark interest in “moss animals” whose ancestors waved their tiny tentacles more than 400 million years ago, and whose few eggs break into hundreds of tiny embryos.

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Otago staff get behind Sea Week 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016 8:06pm

Staff and students from Otago’s Department of Marine Science got behind the launch of Sea Week 2016 yesterday, taking part in a beach clean-up at Portobello.

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New initiative to measure dredging impact on Harbour

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:15am

A new marine community monitoring initiative, led by the University of Otago’s Department of Marine Science and the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, is set to begin exploring the consequences of dredging on Otago Harbour’s rocky shore communities.

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Seawater of the future: Otago researchers “blitz” White Island

Friday, 13 November 2015 10:41am

In early December, an Otago-led group of chemists, biologists, geologists, botanists and marine scientists from around the world are planning a “blitz” on Whakaari (White Island), a marine volcano off the coast of Whakatane. Their aim: find out as much about the island’s currents, water, algae, and marine animals as they can in just four days.

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Marine Scientist wins European award

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 9:29pm

Dr Federico Baltar of Otago’s Department of Marine Science has won a major international research award – the European Geosciences Union Award for Outstanding Young Scientist in Biogeosciences.

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“Be available” says 2015 top supervisor

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:00am

Otago’s 2015 Supervisor of the Year, Dr Will Rayment, says it is vital to be available when your students have questions or issues – to send them an email or see them promptly is key.

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Otago science outreach projects to help ‘unlock curious minds’

Thursday, 28 May 2015 3:10pm

The University of Otago will lead three new and innovative projects aimed at engaging New Zealanders, and young people in particular, to learn more about science and technology.

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Machines transform research across three departments

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:07am

Two machines that will transform the way magnetic particle research can be conducted at Otago have just been installed – one in the Department of Chemistry, the other in Geology.

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New Educational Resource Book Launched

Sunday, 1 March 2015 4:10pm

"Mudflat Mysteries" - a new educational activity book - was launched by the NZ Marine Studies Centre in time for Seaweek 2015. 

The book features the animals and plants found between the tides on New Zealand’s muddy shores and shallow coastal waters. The illustrations show where the animals live and what signs can be seen on the shore to give clues to what lives beneath the surface.

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University opens Stewart Island Marine Field Station

Friday, 7 November 2014 10:07am

The University will this weekend officially open a Marine Field Station on Stewart Island, providing a base for its coastal research and marine science teaching in the surrounding area.

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“Lifetime Achievement” in Marine Science celebrated

Thursday, 28 August 2014 8:08am

Otago’s Associate Professor Keith Probert has won New Zealand’s top award for marine science in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to the field.

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Community service figures remain strong

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 8:07am

Results of the 2013 Academic Staff Community Services survey, released earlier this year, reveal that academic staff participation in community service activities remains high at Otago.

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Ocean-going waka visits Otago

Monday, 5 May 2014 8:07am

Secondary students taking part in an Otago programme for gifted and talented Māori were able to explore an ocean-going waka last week when it visited the University’s New Zealand Marine Studies Centre at Portobello.

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Otago expedition to Subantarctic to track climate change

Monday, 17 February 2014 8:07am

The University of Otago’s research vessel the RV Polaris has sailed to the Auckland Islands on an expedition to track climate indicators recorded in sediment deposited on the floor of the Fiords and lakes within the eastern margin of the Islands.