Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Research facilities

The Joint Graduate School offers a first-class research infrastructure both at the Faculty of Science and Landcare Research.

Facilities at the Faculty of Science


The Faculty of Science is New Zealand’s largest and most highly ranked* science faculty hosting a wealth of leading-edge research programmes. In addition to the standard laboratory facilities the faculty has a range of specialised research services and facilities, including:

  • Plant growth facilities at the University include seven shadehouses, a glasshouse, land for field experiments, and controlled environment walk- in rooms and cabinets. Temperature, humidity, light and carbon dioxide can all be manipulated for experiments on plant growth and plant tissue cultures.
  • Entomological resources include specimen collections of common insects of the Auckland region, insect rearing rooms, expert identification support and field collection equipment.
  • Field resources, support and training is diverse and comprehensive, including: telemetry, vegetation plots, trapping techniques, GIS, core sampling, vegetation monitoring, abiotic measurements, population studies and water sampling.
  • An experimental community garden is based at the Tāmaki campus, incorporating outdoor growth experiments with community initiatives and engagement.
  • Ecological reserves allow access to coastal and forest ecosystems that are owned and managed by The University of Auckland. These reserves have been the site of ecological study for decades and have provided insights into the taxonomy, botany, general ecology, and history of the Auckland region. They provide an invaluable resource for on-going and future research and form the living laboratories of The University.
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics facilities for DNA sequencing, genotyping and gene expression analysis, as well as a full range of proteomic and mass spectrometric services including 2-D electrophoresis, HPLC, small molecule elucidation peptide mass fingerprinting, sequencing and quantitative proteomics.
  • The Microscopy and Graphics Unit is a core facility within the School of Biological Sciences which provides state of the art light and electron microscopy, plus assistance with photography, graphic art and digital image manipulation.
  • Major facilities in the School of Chemical Sciences include Raman/far IR spectrometer, 13C Cross Polarised Magic Angle (CPMAS)NMR spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers (Powder and single crystal), Thermal analysis, DSC, GC-MS, LC-MS, XPS-Auger, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Environmental SEM, Atomic Force Microscopy, Mass spectrometer, Pulse/steady state radiolysis, Microfabrication, Pulsed laser facilities, Food characterisation (Stress-controlled Rheometry, Malvern Mastersizer for particle size, Diffusing-wave spectroscopy for measuring dynamics in concentrated solutions, Ultra-sound sonicator).

* New Zealand's leading science faculty

Facilities at Landcare Research

  • Nationally significant databases and collections:
    • New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC) – largest collection of NZ land invertebrates.
    • New Zealand Fungal and Plant Disease Database (PDD) – primary source of information on NZ fungi.
    • International Collection of Micro-organisms from Plants (ICMP) - living cultures from more than 15,000 strains of bacteria and fungi from plants and soil.
    • Allan Herbarium (CHR) – largest herbarium in New Zealand with over 600,000 specimens.
    • National Vegetation Survey (NVS) – national repository of plot-based vegetation survey data.
    • National New Zealand Flax Collection – living collection of more than 160 provenances of Phormium.
  • Invertebrate containment and rearing facility – undertakes research on biocontrol agents for invasive plants and animals.
  • Plant quarantine facility – for plant propagating material that may be infected or infested.
  • Ecological Genetics laboratory – applies DNA technology for conservation and pest management outcomes.
  • Molecular biology and microbiology laboratories.
  • Environmental Chemistry laboratory – analysis of soil, plant and water samples.
  • Toxicology laboratory – tests for vertebrate pesticides.
  • Animal ecology laboratory.
  • Plant biosystematics laboratory.