The Allan Wilson Centre advances knowledge of the evolution and ecology of New Zealand and Pacific plant and animal life, and human history in the Pacific. We are a network of 100 researchers at seven institutions, committed to securing the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improving human and environmental health.
How did the evolutionary trajectory unfold in New Zealand’s unique conditions? Why are plants and animals so different here? What can the diversity and history of life in New Zealand tell the world about evolutionary processes generally? And how did humans arrive in New Zealand, learn to thrive here, and create conditions for our future? We use forefront tools in genomics and biomathematics to answer these questions and uncover our history.
Research excellence is a fundamental premise of the Allan Wilson Centre. New and exciting work undertaken by our members can be accessed here.
The Allan Wilson Centre is named after Allan Wilson (1934 - 1991), whose Out of Africa hypothesis - that all human beings share a common female ancestor only 10,000 generations ago - awed and excited both scientists and the public.
Audio of the recent lecture by Professor Mark Pagel is now available
Entries are now open for the Maths Quest Poster Competition, with several iPad minis prizes to be won! The competition is open to Year 7-10 students and has been organised by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers to celebrate the 2013 Year of Mathematics. The AWC is proud to be sponsoring the 'Mathematics of Life' theme of the competition, for Year 7 and 8 students.