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Biological sciences

Research in biological sciences at Macquarie University received a rating of 4 out of 5 'performance above world standard' - in ERA 2012.

4-rated disciplineBiological sciences
5-rated sub-discipline
  • evolutionary biology
4-rated sub-disciplines
  • ecology
  • microbiology
  • plant biology

Within biological sciences, Macquarie University research is chiefly focused around ecology and evolution, and biomolecular sciences.

Three University research centres - Biomolecular Frontiers, Climate Futures, and Genes to Geoscience - contribute to these strengths.

Ecology and evolution

Ecology and evolution has its focus in plant ecological strategies, biodiversity and conservation, climate change, coastal processes, conservation genetics, microbial genomics, evolutionary animal behaviour, and planning and risk analysis.

World-class analysis facilities for biomolecular sciences

The University's biomolecular sciences research has strengths in genomics, proteomics, glycomics, bioinformatics and biotechnology, and their application to health, environmental and industrial issues.

The Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre integrates these disciplines, and encourages collaboration between researchers with complimentary expertise

Research - Biological sciences

Research within this area is underpinned by world-class infrastructure and technical support in the NCRIS Australian Proteomics Analysis Facility. It provides cutting-edge development in protein analysis technologies. Over 500 individual researchers per year use the facility.

World-leaders in climate change and risk research

The Climate Futures Research Centre conducts research in climatology, coastal processes, ecology, economics, geomorphology, law and governance, planning and risk analysis, social policy and water, but also encompasses Risk Frontiers, Macquarie's world-leading group which develops natural hazard risk models for the international re-insurance industry.

Macquarie is a founding partner in the National Climate Change Research Adaptation Facility.

The home for research networks

Macquarie has been headquarters to three ARC Research Networks - Vegetation Function, Earth System Science, and Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences.

Macquarie University is a partner in the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

World-leading researchers

Biological Sciences is home to 12 researchers ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world.

The discipline is also home to award winners:

  • Professor Ian Wright won the 2008 Thomson Scientific Citation Award in ecology for the Australian with the highest citation rate per paper, 1997-2007
  • Professor Mark Westoby was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2009 and was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2010

National research centres

Australian Proteomics Analysis Facility
Associate Professor Mark Molloy

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Professor Lesley Hughes

Macquarie University research centres

Biomolecular Frontiers
Professor Nicki Packer

Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour

Climate Futures
Professor Lesley Hughes

Genes to Geoscience
Professor Mark Westoby