Fascinated by the ocean, and keen to explore career options in this mysterious frontier?

The University of Waikato has had a presence in the Bay of Plenty for more than 25 years, but events such as the Rena grounding in 2011 showed that Waikato scientists based at the Coastal Marine Field Station are in high demand when it comes to addressing local issues.

Suddenly our scientists were in people’s living rooms via TV, they hosted public lectures and worked closely with iwi on the environmental response.

University of Waikato has scientists and students based at the Sulphur Point Station and their research covers all aspects of ocean life.

Professor Chris Battershill for instance focuses on biodiscovery for medicine and agriculture from marine organisms. He’s also tackling the problem of sea lettuce, those bright green blooms that can make boating and swimming less enjoyable.

Other projects include working with iwi to examine the potential for new species and enhanced traditional aquaculture. They’re also using marine sources to help control PSA, and sea sponges in the development of pharmaceuticals.

“What I like about Waikato University is that it’s easy to work across disciplines, combining pure sciences with social sciences, economics and law while where addressing key environmental issues,” says Professor Battershill.

The Bachelor of Science is just one of many study options offered by the University of Waikato at their Tauranga campus so go to waikato.ac.nz/study to explore your options for studying at the beach in 2016.

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