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A small fish helping to solve a big problem

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Thursday 12 November 2020

An inter-disciplinary group of Otago researchers is embarking on a collaborative study into the use of biodegradable, edible food coatings to combat plastic pollution.

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Otago successful in $69 million of CoRE funding

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Friday 9 October 2020

The University of Otago is proud to announce success in two applications for Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding in the latest Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding round.

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Scholarship for Marine Science postgraduate


Tuesday 9 June 2020

Otago Marine Science Master’s student Millie Mannering has been selected as the 2020 Our World Underwater Scholarship Society Australasian Rolex Scholar.

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Otago’s Marine Science growing Antarctic research links


Wednesday 13 May 2020

Department of Marine Science’s Associate Professor Ceridwen Fraser has been invited to represent New Zealand in a new and significant Australian Antarctic programme, adding to the Department’s growing recognition for contribution to Antarctic research.

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Marine Studies Centre Activities go online 


Wednesday 6 May 2020

For more than 20 years, Otago's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) has played a key role connecting communities with their local marine environment through a wide range of outreach and education programmes and resources. Now it is doing the same thing - online.

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Testing seawater of the future? A study at Whakaari/White Island

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Wednesday 5 February 2020

University of Otago scientists are leading research into the possibility that the shallow submarine vents off New Zealand’s volcanic Whakaari/White Island could provide a natural laboratory to study the impacts of future climate change on our oceans.

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‘Shark Spy’ needs your help this summer


Thursday 19 December 2019

The old catchphrase “the only good shark, is a dead shark” is something that Rob Lewis and the University’s NZ Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) are aiming to squash this summer.

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Upcoming events

Open Day Marine Science at Portobello

Sunday, 27 March 2022

An ocean of opportunities for connecting with the marine world. Explore the exciting field of marine science with hands-on activities, demonstrations and live animal exhibits.

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