Research in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences is committed to excellence in research and teaching in the key areas of geology, geophysics, ecology, evolutionary biology, and landscape science. The School has a world class concentration of scientific expertise and facilities and offers high quality research training at Honours, Masters and Doctorate levels. We host a large, vibrant group of graduate students and aims to prepare graduates for an exciting and diverse range of careers.
The School hosts a number of high-calibre Research Centres and programs including the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity (ACEBB), Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), Centre for Tectonics, Resources & Exploration (TRaX), the Marine Biology Program, the Global Ecology Group, the Landscape Futures Program, and the Water Research Centre (WRC). These Centres and Programs also fall within one of two key University Research Institutes – the Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources (IMER), and the Environment Institute. The School is also a partner in the Centre for Energy Technology which is part of the latter Institute.
The School is a participant in two Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)– the recently formed Deep Exploration Technologies CRC and the South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research, and is a key partner in the Arid Recovery ecosystem rehabilitation initiative and Marine Innovations SA (MISA).
The School has a wide range of modern equipment and facilities, including several field stations, some of which are shared with partner organisations.
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Geology and Geophysics
- Landscape Science
- Institutions with Affiliated Researchers
- University Institutions and Research Centres with Affiliated Researchers
Evolution Systematics and Biodiversity of Insects and Groundwater Invertebrates
Conservation Genetics, Ancient DNA, Molecular Ecology and Forensics
Evolution, Systematics and Biodiversity of Living and Fossil Reptiles
Population Dynamics, Biodiversity Modelling, Ecosystem Services
Ecological and Biodiversity Impacts of Climate Change
Aquatic Ecology, Trophodynamics
Mammal Ecology, Pollination Biology, Conservation Biology
Marine Ecology: Climate Change and Human Impacts
Plant Systematics and Evolutionary Ecology
Evolutionary Patterns and Ancient DNA
Phylogeography, Speciation, Molecular Ecology
Vertebrate Systematics and Evolution, Marine and Terrestrial Population Genetics
Terrestrial Plant Ecology, Ecology of Arid Lands, Ecology of Invasive Plants
Ecology of Phytoplankton and Aquatic Plants
Aquatic Ecology, Especially Estuaries, Fish Biology, Otolith Microchemistry
Marine Phycology (Algae): Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Biogeography
Palaeobotany: Evolution of the Australian flora
Insect Biology, Biodiversity, Evolution and Systematic
Water Quality, Waste Water Treatment, Biotechnology
Plant Gene Flow, Biogeography and Rapid Adaptation
Ecology and Behaviour of Birds, Plant-Animal Interactions, Fire, Restoration
Freshwater Ecology, Ecosystem Modelling, Ecoinformatics
Plant Nutrition and Ecotoxicology
Ecophysiology of Animals and Plants
Marsupial Life History, Reproductive Ecology, Population Biology, Disease, Conservation
Sustainable Development: Frameworks and Tools
Ecophysiology of Plants
Fish Parasite Interactions
Visit the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology website for more information about research laboratories.
Geophysical Approaches to Tectonics, Mineral Exploration and Geothermal Activity
Crustal Evolution of the Earth as Reflected by Geochemistry and Radiogenic Isotopes
Mobility of Metals in the Earth’s Crust and in the Environment
Evolution of Soils, Biogeochemistry of Soils in Watersheds, Chemistry and Fate of Nanoparticulates
Tectonics, Structural Geology and Geochronology
Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits
Regolith Geology and Landscape Processes in Relation to Mineral Exploration
Acid Sulfate Soils and Water Quality, Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics
Arc Magmatism and Crustal Growth, Petrology, Geochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry and Tectonics
Structural Geology, Metamorphic Petrology and Geochronology
Mineral Systems and Magnetics
Metamorphic Geology, Tectonics and Geothermal Resources
Electrical Geophysics and Magnetotellurics for Crustal and Groundwater Studies
Regolith and Landscape Evolution
Metamorphic Geology,Tectonics and Geochronology
Palaeoclimate, Climate Change and Earth’s Environmental Evolution
Structural Geology, Tectonics and Petroleum Geology
Economic Mineral Deposits
Geomicrobiology and Cycling of Metals in the Environment
Economic Geology: Analysing and Modelling the Genesis of Mineral Deposits and Their Tectonic Setting
Application of Magnetotellurics to Crustal and Lithospheric Architecture
Visit the Geology and Geophysics website for more information about research laboratories.
Environmental Remote Sensing, Spatial and Temporal Analysis for Natural Resource Management
Water, Soils, Plants, Air and People– Landscapes for Production and Conservation
Spatial Ecology, Decision Support in Natural Resources Management and GIS
Visit the Landscape Science website for more information about research laboratories.
Further details are available, please contact the Faculty of Sciences office.