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Botany connects plants and people for a sustainable future

The Department of Botany at Otago is the only university department in New Zealand specialising in the science of plants, and one of only a few in Australasia.

Modern Botany includes research into the biochemistry, ecology, genetics and physiology of plants, plant evolution, the role plants play in ecosystems and plant biotechnology.

A Botany degree can lead to a career in conservation, biosecurity, environmental education, environmental consultancy or academic research.

Explore what makes Science at Otago so special

It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.