Welcome to the Department of Zoology


Zoology - the Study of Animals

Zoology is the study of animals, their behaviour, physiology and evolution, as well as their interactions with each other and their environment.

Zoologists study how animals evolved and the impact of environmental change on their survival. They also study costs and benefits of conservation and ways to enhance species survival. Whether you are a student, researcher, or just interested in animals generally, we are sure that you will find this website of use. On this page you will find an overview of what Zoology is and the broad research and teaching interests of staff and students in the Zoology Department.

Have a look at the clip below to see the type of research that our students are carrying out.

Vision Statement

"To be among the leading university departments internationally for zoological research, teaching and learning, with a reputation for friendliness, collegiality and environmental and societal responsibility"

An International Reputation for Research

The Department of Zoology has an international reputation for research in the following areas:

Zoology - Part of a Smoke-Free Campus

The Department of Zoology and the entire Otago University campus are completely smoke-free as of 1 January 2014. For further information please follow the link below.



© Department of Zoology
340 Great King Street
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Tel 64 3 479 7986
Fax 64 3 479 7584
Email zoology@otago.ac.nz