Sponge Ecology

James Bell and students
Dr James Bell with students, surveying an area in Te Angi Angi Marine Reserve.

Welcome to the Sponge Ecology and Marine Conservation Research Group.

The School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington hosts one of the largest sponge ecology groups in the world, leading research in many locations worldwide including New Zealand, UK, the Central Pacific, Indonesia, Hawaii and the South Pacific.

Our research employs a number of approaches, including the use of genetic tools, modeling, laboratory experiments and field studies, to support the management and conservation of commercial and non-commercial species.

Prospective Students

Information for prospective students can be found here. If you are interested in being a part of the Sponge Ecology and Marine Ecology research group contact James below:


Professor of Marine Biology
School of Biological Sciences