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Fishy role ends with retirement

Thursday, 11 October 2018 7:43pm

The Manager of the University of Otago’s New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) Tessa Mills will tomorrow hang up her “trusty blue polar fleece” for the last time when she retires after 13 years at the helm.

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Bottle caps turned into artwork

Thursday, 9 August 2018 2:27pm

One thousand plastic bottle caps donated by staff and students from across the University’s Dunedin campus have been turned into a beautiful piece of art aimed at educating people about the impact of plastics on the creatures that live in the ocean.

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Art-science interactions push the boundaries

Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:55am

Two of the Otago scientists involved in the new Art + Oceans exhibition currently on display at Otago Museum’s HD Skinner Annex rolled up their sleeves and took a more hands-on role in the creative process.

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International Antarctic role for Otago Professor

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:03am

University of Otago Marine scientist Professor Gary Wilson has been elected Vice-President of a major international group coordinating research in Antarctica. 

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Seashore guide makes Notable Book list

Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:58pm

A book written to encourage New Zealanders to explore tidepools and mudflats has been named a 2018 Storylines Notable Book.

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Opinion: New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 8:53pm

Otago researchers Liz Slooten, Bruce Robertson and Steve Dawson are among experts arguing in the influential web publication The Conversation that New Zealand’s fisheries management needs a comprehensive review. We reproduce their Opinion Piece here on the Otago Bulletin Board.

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New research vessel launched by Marine Science

Monday, 24 July 2017 1:48pm

The Department of Marine Science has launched its new research vessel, Tūhura. The name Tūhura means “to investigate or discover” – very appropriate for the 6.5 metre Osprey which will be used to support field collections, water sampling and diving.

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2017 General Staff Award winners named

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:33am

Two women who work tirelessly to enhance the University and its contributions to the wider community have won this year’s University of Otago Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff.

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New harbourside teaching laboratory

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 2:32pm

Otago’s new $5 million teaching laboratory – with outstanding facilities – is expected to host its first lecture at Portobello next week.

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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.