About Us


The Allan Wilson Centre, established in 2002, is one of New Zealand's seven Centres of Research Excellence. The Centre is a national collaboration hosted by Massey University, including the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Otago, the University of Canterbury, Landcare Research and the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research.

Our national network of over 100 researchers is committed to securing the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improving human and environmental health through local engagement. We are following in the footsteps of the great New Zealand scientist, Allan Wilson, to advance knowledge of the evolution and ecology of New Zealand and Pacific plant and animal life, and human history in the Pacific.



Allan Wilson

Allan Wilson (1934 – 1991) was one of New Zealand’s greatest scientists; his innovative mind and creative talent shaped the field of molecular biology. His many achievements are recognised in naming the Allan Wilson Centre after him.

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Our Vision and Goals

Our researchers are international leaders in evolutionary biology, and the Allan Wilson Centre provides a powerful collaborative network to optimise our combined knowledge, strengths and skills.

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Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports describe the Centre’s major achievements each year, and provide snapshots of work in progress.

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Contact Us

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