Marine ecology

Image: Rock Pool by Christoff Atelier on Flickr

We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to coastal environments, marine diversity, marine food webs, marine reserves, and conservation. SCIS 1628625

See also - Rocky shore

Department of Conservation: Marine Reserves

A comprehensive guide to visiting and studying marine reserves in New Zealand.

Suggested level: secondary

Dune Restoration Trust of NZ: Dune Restoration

Investigates dune restoration plans for degraded sand dune environments in New Zealand.

Suggested level: secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term marine ecology.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

National Geographic

This site gives useful hints on ways to help conserve the ocean, which any child can help participate in.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NZ Plant Conservation Network: Dunes

Contains information on New Zealand’s coastal dunes including threats, research and links.

Suggested level: secondary

NIWA: Coast and Oceans

General information on New Zealand coastal environments, marine food webs, animals, and plants.

Suggested level: secondary

No Brain Too Small: Habitats

A broad overview of habitats and adaptations including definitions of keywords and concepts.

Suggested level: secondary


Run by NZ Association for Environmental Education New Zealand’s (NZAEE), Seaweek is New Zealand's annual national week about the sea. Provides links to resources, and has an extensive list of events held in regions around the country.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Seafriends NZ: Intertidal Rocky Shore Zoning

Information on intertidal rocky shore environments in New Zealand.

Suggested level: secondary

The Royal Society of NZ: Marine Diversity

Information on marine biodiversity with a focus on New Zealand species.

Suggested level: secondary


Science in context, a database available through EPIC provides information and articles on marine ecology. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Argonauta, octopus navigator, by Jill Morris, 2006 (picture book)
The sea, the storm, and the mangrove tangle, by Lynne Cherry, 2004 (picture book)
White dolphin, by Gill Lewis, 2012 (fiction) 


Exploring oceans: Great Barrier Reef. National Geographic. Youtube 4.06

The amazing water world of marine mammals (Animal Atlas). Kids Animal Channel. Youtube 22.34