Ecology and Biodiversity will be available from 2018 as a major for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Technology) .
The University of Waikato has a particularly strong reputation for our research program in lake and river ecology and restoration, taking advantage of our close proximity to the Rotorua Lakes District, the Waikato River, and peat lakes and wetlands within the Waikato Region. Other areas of research include estuarine and coastal marine biology, urban ecology, Antarctic terrestrial ecology, and agricultural sustainability and productivity.
Our location provides quick access to coastal marine research, and the University maintains a coastal marine field station in nearby Tauranga. Our location also gives ready access to a broad range of terrestrial environments, including pastoral agriculture and lowland to montane forests.
You’ll gain knowledge of ecological and biological theory, and the practical skills for field identification, surveying, and experimentation with plants, animals and microbes across a broad range of ecosystems. You’ll gain understanding of the principles of biological classification and be able to name and classify common organisms found in New Zealand ecosystems.
Your skills will be gained through a combination of hands on laboratory experience, practical field courses, and teaching from leading ecologists and biologists.
We have extensive laboratory facilities, including
- Ecology, physiology, microbial and molecular genetics laboratories
- Microscope facilities, including confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopes
- Waikato Stable Isotope Unit
- Waikato DNA Sequencing Facility
- Environmental Research Institute
- Thermophile Research Unit
- International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research
- University of Waikato Herbarium
- A controlled environment glasshouse facility
- Field centres for freshwater and coastal marine science, including the Coastal Marine Field Station.
- Biodiversity Management
- Biodiversity Advisor
- Biodiversity Surveyor
- Biosecurity and Customs Officer
- Conservation Ranger
- Policy Analyst
- Research Associate
- Laboratory Technician
- Resource Manager
- Resource Planner
- Weed Management Advisor
- Pest Management Advisor
- Field Researcher
- Technical Officer
- Ecological Consultant
- Environmental Scientist
- Agricultural Scientist
- Agricultural Technician
- Museum Collections Technician
- Museum Curator
- Land Management Officer
- Zoo Keeper
Scholarships and prizes
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled full-time and have completed the second year of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree. The scholarship will have a value of $14,000 and a one year placement with the Hamilton Zoo.Closing Date: 2016-09-01 23:59:00
Open to students who have completed a BSc(Hons) or MSc in freshwater ecology, demonstrating experience in sampling freshwater ecosystems, sound understanding of food-web dynamics, and expertise in quantitative analysis. The successful applicant must be eligible to register for doctoral studies at the University of Waikato.Closing Date: 2016-05-30 23:59:00
For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00