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Biological Sciences research

30 November 2023

Our School of Biological Sciences is a vibrant research environment, with more than three million of external research income received every year. Learn more about Biological Sciences research at UC.


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

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



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 groups and centres
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