Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Our school

The Joint Graduate School is run under the auspices of the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (Te Whare Tiaki Koiora | Mo te orangatonutanga o tō tātou Kanorau Koiora). It offers postgraduate students the opportunity to work with supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research to undertake masters or PhD research that will help maintain New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems and enable our natural flora, fauna and fungi to flourish.


Dr Mahajabeen Padamsee, Director Joint Graduate School Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Landcare Research
Dr Mahajabeen Padamsee

A crucial step before deciding to start graduate study is to understand why you want to pursue a graduate degree.

Then you need to consider where and what you would like to study.

Do you love to learn about biodiversity and biosecurity? Do you have an intellectual passion for this field of study? Are you ready for the challenge of working independently?

If the answer is yes, then the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity offers you a unique opportunity to be guided by the joint expertise of the two leading research institutes in environmental science and ecology research.

We also have a talented group of postgraduate students from around the world who help to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for your studies.

If you are looking for an exciting intellectual and professional challenge, with the opportunity to undertake research that makes a difference, then we welcome contact from you.

Dr Mahajabeen Padamsee
Director, Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Contact us

If you need to contact us, you can do so by phone or email. If you have questions regarding enrolment, please contact or visit the Science Student Centre.

Joint Graduate School contact

Dr Mahajabeen Padamsee
 +64 9 574 4171


Location maps

Location map of the School of Biological Sciences, City Campus
Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland

Location map of the School of Biological Sciences, Tāmaki Campus (PDF)
Gate 1, Building 733, Morrin Road, Glen Innes, Auckland

Location map of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (PDF)
231 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

About the partners

Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, the Graduate School is jointly hosted by The University of Auckland's Faculty of Science and Landcare Research.

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university*, ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world. The University has a commitment to research that benefits society, economy and nation.

The Joint Graduate School will be hosted by the Faculty of Science whose vision is to serve its communities through fundamental and translational research, teaching and public commentary in the sciences. The Faculty of Science provides research-rich learning to top standards of excellence. It has a comprehensive, high quality, academic portfolio and is privileged to lead the nation's research in many science disciplines**. There are currently over 7,000 students in the faculty, including approximately 1200 postgraduate students.

The University is a member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

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Visit the Faculty of Science website

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research is New Zealand's foremost environmental research organisation specialising in sustainable management of land resources optimising primary production, enhancing biodiversity, increasing the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserving and restoring the natural assets of our communities. It’s purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand’s management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand’s prosperity.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research undertakes world-class scientific research to underpin the protection of New Zealand's biodiversity, and to minimise the impacts of invasive weeds and invertebrates. Research includes biosystematics of native and introduced plants, insects and other arthropods, fungi, and plant-associated bacteria, to describe New Zealand's biodiversity and species interrelationships.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research works in partnership with key stakeholders, including industry, government and Māori, to improve measurement, management and protection of New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, including in the conservation estate.

Visit the Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research website