• The ecology of climate change

    Jason Tylianakis

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  • The origins of life

    Anthony Poole

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  • Evolution and culture in Bali

    Murray Cox

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  • How do marine systems function?

    Marti Anderson

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The Allan Wilson Centre, established in 2002, is one of New Zealand’s seven Centres of Research Excellence and one of two hosted by Massey University. We are a scientific network of over 100 researchers based at five universities and two crown research institutes. Following in the footsteps of the great New Zealand scientist, Allan Wilson, our researchers study the evolution of humans, animals, plants and disease. We are committed to securing the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improving human and environmental health.

Uawa Bioblitz Report

Two rare species discovered in Uawa/Tolaga Bay census: Students, aged 5-18, from Tolaga Bay Area School, guided by scientists from the Allan Wilson Centre, DOC, Te Papa, and Groundtruth, collected over 500 species of plants and animals in a 24-hour Bioblitz (12-13 Feb) – a survey of local biodiversity that will inform the restoration project underway there. Excitingly, they detected the presence of bats, the only native land mammal we have, and sighted the NZ Dotterel, a shorebird which is rarer even than kiwi and tigers! Full results will be posted on this site soon. Blitz opens window on species

Our People

Inspirational science teacher wins PM award, Terry Burrell of Onslow College, has won the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, worth $150,000, for her ‘infectious love of learning’. Terry is also the Allan Wilson Centre’s teacher advisor, and develops school resources based on our science. Peter Leggat, Principal of Onslow College, said: “She has had a huge influence on the quality of science teaching and learning.” Onslow’s NCEA achievement statistics are consistently high. Whilst acknowledging this is important, Terry feels the best outcome is that students “remain curious, see themselves as capable and stay in science longer”...
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We are pleased to announce that we have secured four top scientists for the 2015 Allan Wilson Centre international speaker series: ​Steve O'Brien (St Petersburg State University); Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University); Tom Higham (Oxford University); and Scott Edwards (Harvard University). To receive advance information on these speakers subscribe under Advanced Events below...
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AWC Investigators in the news,
The war on infectious disease is far from over, according to Principal Investigator, Professor Nigel French, in a Dompost opinion piece (26 Jan). Analysing the genomes to gain insight into the evolution of viruses and bacteria, is key to staying ahead... >>
Interview with Terry Burrell,
which includes a lesson with a class of Year 10 students at Onslow College... >>
University of Canterbury has elevated Mike Steel, of the School of Mathematics and Statistics to the status of Distinguished Professor,
a title reserved for professors who demonstrate world-class academic leadership and achievements. This is in addition to receiving the UoC 2014 Research Medal, the highest honour the university’s council can extend to its academic staff, recognising research excellence. Congratulations to Mike - an AWC Principal Investigator and our deputy director... >>
Kim Hill talks to Associate Professor Thomas Buckley,
Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre, who was one of over 100 researchers from 16 countries who have just published the first paper from the 1KITE study of insect evolution... >>