Keep up to date with the latest news from the School of Biological Sciences.

  • A spike in vaccine development

    Dr Davide Comoletti from the School of Biological Sciences, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, is playing a pivotal role in New Zealand’s drive to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • A monarch butterfly with crumpled wings because of ophryocystis elektroscirrha.

    Using citizen science to help monarch butterflies

    Do any of the monarch butterflies in your garden have crumpled and deformed wings? Are they unable to fly and just fall to the ground? Do the pupae (chrysalis) have black spots? If so, they may have a parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (or OE) that is only found in monarch butterflies.Professor Phil Lester is researching how common this parasite is amongst monarch butterflies in New Zealand, and he is looking for citizen scientists to help him.