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Information for Pacific Students

Kia Orana, Bula Vinaka, Aloha, Mauri, Fakalofa lahi atu, Talofa, Halo olaketa, Ia Orana, Taloha ni, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Halo and warm Pacific greetings.

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The links between Pacific islanders and the ocean constitute an ancient relationship that lies deep in the character and culture of every Pacific community.

In the Department of Marine Science we work to understand our oceans with the aim of preserving it for the generations to come. In light of the threats of global warming, declining fish stocks, deteriorating water quality, and a myriad of other problems, knowledge of the world ocean and its inhabitants has never been more critical in human history. Marine experts are needed to deal with all these challenges, providing marine scientist with a wide range of careers opportunities

Most of our main research themes deal with issues that are also relevant for the Pacific Islands. We actively carry out research in the Pacific Islands in collaboration with other Pacific Institutions; for example studying how multiple stressors affect coral reef ecosystems in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific.

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Other relevant links:
- Pacific Islands Centre: provides support and information for students of Pacific descent at Otago 

- Lui Bell Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship for Marine Species Conservation: this Scholarship enables Pacific island students to obtain postgraduate qualifications in the disciplines of marine biology, environmental science, marine science, climate change, environmental law or other relevant disciplines

Dr. Federico Baltar ( is our Pacific Advisor. He assists students of Pacific Island descent with any academic or other queries related to the Department of Marine Science.