Since 1852 Auckland Museumís curatorial staff have been involved in a wide array of significant scientific and academic research projects. This research aims to investigate and illuminate the world in which we live.
In this section read about the scientific and academic research projects currently underway at Auckland Museum.
Follow a team of scientists from five organisations taking part in the Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition to collect and record the diversity of the rich marine life in the waters around these remote islands of New Zealand.
Read about our Biodiscovery Expedition to the Kermadec Islands, that departed on the RV Braveheart in May 2011 and returning 21 days later.
A four-week summer placement at Auckland Museum has helped shape Future Scientist of the Year Bailey Lovett's study ambitions and set her on a path to a career in marine biology.
Ewen Cameron, Auckland Museumís Curator of Botany, recently led a botanical survey of wild (native and naturalised) plants of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Many unusual or interesting vascular plant records (natives and weeds) were collected, pressed and added to the Museumís herbarium as a permanent record.
The Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, a new scholarly listing of New Zealand birds has just been produced by the Checklist Committee of the Ornithological Society. The checklist committee was chaired by Brian Gill, Auckland Museumís curator of birds, and has spent nine years on the project.
BioBlitz 2010 was organised principally by Landcare Research and the Auckland Museum. Auckland Regional Council, DOC, other CRIs, University of Auckland and others supported and participated in the event. The BioBlitz event is a unique opportunity for scientists, students and the public to experience the vast array of species (biodiversity) living in an urban reserve.
Brian Gill, Auckland Museumís Curator of Land Vertebrates, is reassembling data on the long-tailed cuckooís migration, using data from specimens from museums throughout the world and literature records.
The Auckland Museum Library holds both the in-coming Giglioli letters and contemporary copies of the out-going Cheeseman letters. From these documents, and from birds in the collections of both museums, Brian Gill, Auckland Museumís Curator of Land Vertebrates, has written an account of the transactions as a detailed case-study of a 19th century museum exchange between institutions half a world apart.