Research themes

The breadth and depth of our research demonstrates the diversity of our expertise.

Faculty of Science researchers conduct high quality research in the physical and biological sciences, focused around ten key themes, and involving active inter-disciplinary engagement. They are at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease, and their discoveries help build our understanding of the world around us.

Biotechnology

Research in Biotechnology utilises the fundamentals of a broad spectrum of natural and physical sciences (such as Chemistry and Botany) to understand and develop processes and technologies to improve human, animal and plant health and growth.

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Environment, Earth & Climate Sciences

Research in Environment, Earth & Climates Sciences is concerned with developing our understanding of the processes operating within, on and above the Earth's surface, develop our understanding of environmental problems and search for their solutions to develop the sustainable use of resources.

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Evolutionary Biology

Research in Evolutionary Biology includes the investigation of plant and animal systems to understand how they evolve, with particular focus on natural selection and adaptation, population and ecological genetics.

 

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Fundamental Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Research in Fundamental Physical & Mathematical Sciences uses these traditional disciplines to push the boundaries of our knowledge of the universe and how it works, including matter, energy, quantity, space and change.

 

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Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Research in Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences spans a range of topics from understanding gene regulation in fungi, to the development of antifibrotic drugs for diabetes, to investigating how the brain allows us to identify a face we know in a large crowd.

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Nanoscience & Materials

Research in Nanosciences & Materials expands our understanding of atomic and molecular structures, and uses this to explore the development of new materials with practical uses ranging from medical applications to energy production.

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Forests, Fires & Landscape

Urban, rural and forest landscapes play a crucial ecological and social role in our lives. These landscapes provide wildlife habitat, clean water and air, recreation opportunities, food and shelter.

 

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Sustainable Cities

As populations continue to expand this growth is placing more pressure on our cities. Our experts are conducting research that will ensure the sustainable development of our cities for the preservation of both the environment and the well-being of their inhabitants.

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Social & Environmental Change

Humanity has an ever-changing relationship with the natural environment. It is a complex, issues rich relationship that requires careful and considered management. The quality of the world’s societies and ecosystems depends on the sustainable management of our farmlands, forests and oceans.

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Plant Biology & Improvement

An understanding of plant biology is crucial to Australia’s primary industries as well as our natural and man-made environments. The global challenges presented by a growing demand for plant products and services - be it for food, fibre, structures or ecosystem services.

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