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Excellence in natural sciences and mathematics research

The Natural and Mathematical Sciences group at Massey University in Auckland is comprised of some of the world's leading scientists. Recent recruits have come from Harvard, Cambridge, Max Planck and other leading institutions. They continue their research in New Zealand at Massey, while collaborating with colleagues across the globe.

Our areas of specialisation cross mathematical and natural sciences disciplines. We disseminate and preserve scientific knowledge of the highest quality in our areas of specialisation, producing relevant, globally-influential research.

Areas of expertise

Chemistry

Chemistry

Our chemistry research encompasses experimental organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and theoretical and computational investigation of chemical systems. 

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Computer science

Computer science

Computer science covers the fundamental concepts and ideas that underpin present and future programming languages and computer systems. 

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Evolution

Evolution

Our research themes integrate a range of scientific disciplines, including experimental evolution, parasitology, infectious disease, the evolution of individuality, genetics and proteins. 

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Mathematics

Mathematics

We have one of the highest-ranked mathematics groups in New Zealand, conducting research in analysis and number theory, industrial and applied mathematics, and mathematical biology.

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Molecular biology

Molecular Biology

We utilise approaches including genetics, biochemistry and bioinformatics. Our strengths are in evolution, molecular microbiology, genomics and computational biology. 

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Physics

Physics

Physics seeks to understand the physical universe in the most fundamental way. The physics group has wide research interests and an inter-disciplinary focus.

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Quantitative biology

Quantitative biology

The quantitative biology group is research-active, and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its work. Quantitative biology sits at the interface of biology, physics, maths and statistics and addresses the needs of modern biology.

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Statistics

Statistics

The statistics group is a dynamic inter-disciplinary one, dedicated to the growth of knowledge through statistical analysis, modelling and inference.

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Wildlife ecology

Wildlife ecology

Our ecology research groups specialise in different aspects of wildlife ecology. We take an interdisciplinary approach, combining field observations with laboratory work.

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Latest news

No definitive cause of orca death
The investigation into the death of an orca washed up on Whatipu Beach has found no evidence of boat strike or live stranding.
Massey marine biologists investigate orca death
A Massey University marine conservation team is mobilising to investigate the death of a killer whale, or orca, washed up on Auckland's west coast at...
Humans may have twice as many functional genes
While some genes in our DNA control the colours of our eyes, hair and even our risk of disease, other genes seem to serve no apparent biological...
Crowdfunding to save one of the world’s rarest birds
Conservationists protecting the endangered Norfolk Island green parrot are looking toward the public to fund a new colony on Phillip Island
New mathematical model could stop future financial crashes
It is widely accepted that the Global Financial Crisis in 2007 was the result of abuse of the financial markets, but could it all have been avoided...

Postgraduate students

There are always opportunities to join the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences for postgraduate study in areas across our expertise.

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OUR PEOPLE AND PROJECTS

Prof Joachim Brand

A new theory has been developed around the physical characteristics of Chladni solitons.

Chladni solitons

Dr John Harrison

Massey scientists have developed the first-ever ‘smart’ cell density sensing tool.

Cell density sensing

Dr Heather Hendrickson

We are learning more about the role of bacteriophages, their diversity and impact.

Bacteriophages

DR Alona Ben-Tal

Mathematics could hold the answer for treatment of diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

COPD and mathematics

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