Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The Centre is a partnership between Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the University of Auckland. It fosters collaboration between the organisations and supports high quality, high impact research to improve environmental, social and economic outcomes.


Professor Jacqueline Beggs, Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity
Professor Jacqueline Beggs

Established in 2005, the Centre for Biosecurity and Biodiversity (CBB) recognises the complementary research objectives of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the University of Auckland, and facilitates collaboration between these organisations.

The Centre focuses on emerging issues in biosecurity and biodiversity and has established active research programmes, as well as undertaking postgraduate training and developing education and training opportunities for a range of other audiences.

Our vision is to develop innovative science solutions that will protect and enhance New Zealand's biodiversity. We will be a world leading science-based institution, providing research, training and education programmes in applied biosecurity and biodiversity management by drawing on the complementary capabilities of both partners.

These programmes will deliver knowledge and support biosecurity and biodiversity policy and management entities at local, national and regional levels, ensuring these organisations have access to the most rigorous and innovative skills available.

The principles under which the Centre operates include:

  • Excellence in our research, training and education programmes
  • Best practice research processes, and full compliance with ethical requirements
  • Ongoing engagement with local, national and regional end-users
  • A global outlook that constantly benchmarks against the world's best
  • Inclusiveness, flexibility, accessibility and the use of appropriate technology in the delivery of programs
  • Professionalism and integrity in all operations that support our mission
  • A research and learning environment that encourages and supports the well being of staff and students.

We are proud of what we have accomplised and look forward to future challenges.

Professor Jacqueline Beggs
Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity
University of Auckland


Who we are

Logo for the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The Centre brings together researchers at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the University of Auckland, which comprises many of New Zealand’s pre-eminent experts in biosecurity, conservation biology, biodiversity research and the development and application of new molecular technologies to biosecurity and biodiversity issues. 

Centre activities are overseen by a Board and Advisory Group comprising scientific staff from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the University of Auckland, and representatives of key biodiversity and biosecurity management agencies. The Centre is based on the Tāmaki Innovation Campus of the University of Auckland, where Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research maintains a key laboratory and office complex.

Professor Jacqueline Beggs

Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6823


Dr Peter Buchanan

Phone: +64 (0) 9 574 4166

CBB pic 18 Oct

Advisory Group

Dr Nick Waipara (Plant and Food Research)

Dr Craig Gillies (Department of Conservation)

Dr Veronica Herrera (Ministry for Primary Industries)

Dr Lalith Kumarasinghe (Ministry for Primary Industries)

Emeritus Professor Mick Clout (School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland)

Professor George Perry (School of Environment, University of Auckland)

Dr Margaret Stanley (School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland) 

Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff (New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, Auckland Zoo)

Dr Fiona Caswell (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research)

Join the CBB

We encourage all staff and postgraduate students with an interest in biodiversity and biosecurity to join as members of the Centre.

Join us by filling in the enrolment form below and emailing it directly to Centre Director, Professor Jacqueline Beggs.


What we do

CBB photo Oct 4

New Zealand is an acknowledged world leader in conservation practice and in research into biodiversity and biosecurity.

This country, and the Pacific region of which it is part, has high levels of endemism in its flora and fauna and has unique ecosystems which are of international interest.

Biosecurity is a major and growing concern of the New Zealand government, as reflected in policy and funding decisions.

Biological invasion is now recognised as a major threat to native biodiversity, especially in island nations (and other geographically and evolutionarily isolated areas). However, islands are also more likely to respond to successful eradication and border control methods to reduce or remove threats.

With the presence of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research on the University’s Tāmaki Campus, the combination of the expertise in the Centre's two provides new opportunities for synergies to be generated around existing areas of research and a strong platform to exploit new funding opportunities nationally and internationally.

These interactions are leading to novel and innovative approaches in biosecurity, biodiversity and biosystematics research that will significantly enhance the capacity, efficiency and quality of biodiversity management, conservation and biosecurity in New Zealand and internationally.



Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The Joint Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Auckland and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. The School focuses on postgraduate supervision and is an extension of the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity.

Global Invasive Species Database

One of the Centre's existing joint ventures is the Global Invasive Species Database (managed by University of Auckland staff on behalf of the IUCN and hosted by Landcare Research). This free online database provides global information on invasive alien species to agencies, resource managers, decision-makers, and interested individuals. It is increasingly recognised as the most significant and authoritative international source of information on the ecology and management of invasive alien species.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research databases & collections

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research holds a number of nationally and internationally significant collections including the NZ arthropod and NZ fungi collections, the National Nematode collection and the International Collection of Micro-organisms from Plants.

Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)

The University of Auckland has expertise in animal behaviour, plant ecology, molecular ecology, conservation biology and restoration ecology. It hosts the Pacific Region of the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), which is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).