Field StationsUC has more field stations than any other universtiy in New Zealand. Located in a wide range of diverse and dynamic environments, these provide unparalleled experiences for students and a wealth of opportunities for teaching, learning and research.
University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory
The world renowned University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo houses four principal telescopes with associated instruments and detectors for the field study of astronomy.
Cass Field Station
The Cass field station offers access to a wide range of environments – montane grasslands, scrub, riverbeds, scree, beech forests, swamps, lakes, streams and alpine habitats.
Westport Field Station
Westport sits within the 40 kilometre wide strip between the Southern Alps and the Tasman sea, offering a rich geological and ecological learning ground for study and research.
Harihari Field Station
Harihari field station is located 20 minutes north of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers in an area where podocarp forests and mountain lakes are readily accessible.
Nigerian Field Station
Based at the Ngel Nyaki Forest Research in Nigeria, research is combined with local education to develop conservation awareness and long term sustainable management of montane forests.
Ionospheric and mesopheric studies are undertaken at Scott Base in Antarctica by the Atmospheric Physics Group within the Physics and Astronomy Department.
UC's world of science
College contact: Professor Wendy Lawson, Pro-Vice Chancellor Science: +64 3 364 2987 ext 6920 / email
Project Manager: Mark Homewood, Senior Project Manager: +64 3 369 3130 ext 93130 / email
Completion date: September 2017