Canterbury Distinguished Professor David Schiel is one of New Zealand's leading marine scientists and was awarded the University of Canterbury Research Medal for his work.

Fields of research 

The School of Biological Sciences is a vibrant research environment, with more than $3 million of external research income received every year.

Research underpins our teaching and is conducted across three main fields: Biotechnology, Biodiversity and Biosecurity. 

You can also view a summary of all Biological Sciences research on UC Spark .


The application of biological understanding to provide products that benefit society and support sustainable economic development.


Defining, sustaining and rehabilitating the diversity of life contained in New Zealand’s natural and managed ecosystems.


Protecting our native biota from threats imposed by invasive organisms and understanding the potential impacts of genetic technologies on our environment.

Research centres and groups

For more information on fields of research in our department

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