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Department of Marine Science

Department of Marine Science

The Department of Marine Science is a multidisciplinary department with research strengths in both biological and physical marine sciences. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees focusing on pure and applied research in marine science, oceanography and aquaculture.


We have dedicated research facilities around the South Island of New Zealand (Otago Harbour, Stewart Island and Fiordland), but our staff and students conduct their research everywhere from Fiji to Antarctica.

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Marine Science Research Vessel Polaris II
— this video advert appeared during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Inspiring words from our awarding winning paleo-oceanographer
Christina Riesselman

Congratulations to our Division of Sciences Awards winners:

Giving it Back: A Master of water and fire

Fede Baltar for Outstanding Early Career Teacher
Sally Carson for Community Engagement by General Staff
Ocean Acidification Research Theme (Abby and Miles on Steering Committee) for the Research Group of the Year.
awards3 While waiting to head out for a fortnight at sea, the Master of Otago research vessel Polaris II Bill Dickson takes the time to become the focus of the first profile in the Bulletin Board’s new volunteer series “Giving it Back”, dedicated to staff who share their skills and time with the community. Read more ... Bill-Dickson-image

December 2015 Ocean Acidification Expedition to White Island Whakaari

Read our blog here: https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandOceanAcidificationCommunity/?ref=bookmarks whiteisland1

Congratulations to Lindsay Wickman and Tamlyn Somerford

Congratulations Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten

They were each awarded a University of Otago Marine Science Postgraduate Award to support their research. 2015fourthyears Prof Steve Dawson (marine science) and Prof Liz Slooten (zoology) were jointly awarded the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society's inaugural John Morton Medal.

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