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‘Shark Spy’ needs your help this summer

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:24pm

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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Penguin study reveals Southern Ocean’s Ice Age history

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:14am

A new scientific study headed by the University of Otago has revealed important clues as to how Southern Ocean ecosystems responded to past global climate change events.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Otago research reveals past rapid Antarctic ice loss due to ocean warming

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:00am

New research from the University of Otago has found the sensitive West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed during a warming period just over a million years ago when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were lower than today.

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Otago researchers lead multi-million dollar Antarctic research projects

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 9:30am

A world-leading Antarctic project investigating how ecosystems in the Ross Sea region might respond to climate change is to be led by Otago’s Associate Professor Miles Lamare.

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Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions

Thursday, 21 November 2019 2:22pm

The resilience of Samoan communities in the face of climate change is providing a blueprint for other nations to follow, according to Samoa and Otago researchers.

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Rebuilding coastal ecosystems

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 8:49am

Newsroom reports on an MBIE-funded project restoring coastal environments by supporting kelp forests. University of Otago's Department of Marine Science leads the project.

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Marine Scientist receives Association for Women in the Sciences award

Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:16am

Marine Science Professor Abby Smith has been named the 2019 recipient of the Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring.

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Climate change comes at a cost for iconic pāua

Friday, 4 October 2019 10:18am

The pāua, New Zealand’s most famous shellfish, lauded globally for its iconic multi-coloured shell, is under threat with climate change, new research reveals.

Archived stories

Colossal Squid dissection (2014)

Our student Tyler Northern helped to dissect a Colossal squid with NIWA at Te Papa (the second specimen ever found intact!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yz_57uadUQ

Te Papa also have a blog with more details on the dissection:
http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2014/09/05/colossal-squid-live/

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Invasive Bryozoan and Ascidian Recruitment and Growth Experiment – iBARGE (2017)

Otago researchers join international study examining the fouling communities of ports and harbours.

Department of Marine Science researchers have joined iBARGE, the Invasive Bryozoan and Ascidian Recruitment and Growth Experiment.

iBARGE aims to examine the richness and growth rates of fouling communities, groups of marine organisms that grow on the undersides of boats, docks, and aquaculture equipment. In many locations, fouling communities are dominated by invasive species which can overgrow native species including commercially important organisms like oysters and mussels.

The iBARGE program compares the growth rates of invasive species between locations on three different continents (the east and west coasts of North America, the UK, and NZ), using photographs taken on a weekly basis. Settlement panels – PVC squares – were deployed in the northern hemisphere’s spring and summer and in Otago Harbour for the austral spring and summer. Analysis of the data collected is allowing scientists to understand how growth rates vary with water temperature and location.

Visit the iBARGE website:
http://ibargeprogram.wordpress.com/