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Environmental sciences

Research in environmental sciences at Macquarie University received the highest possible rating in ERA 2012 - 'performance well above world standard'.

5-rated discipline Environmental sciences
5-rated sub-disciplines
  • ecological applications
  • environmental science and management

Macquarie's environmental sciences research operates at the interdisciplinary interface between biological, Earth and environmental sciences, and social and policy implications. Research focuses on five key, interrelated areas:

* Earth surface process dynamics (hydrology, oceanography, geochemistry, aeolian)
* Geomorphology and landscape evolution (river, coastal, desert and polar environments)
* Human impacts on the environment and rehabilitation/management responses
* Marine biology, specifically cetacean, chondrichthyes, Antarctic and marine park research
* Quaternary environmental change.

The University's strengths in environmental sciences are concentrated in Genes to Geoscience, Risk Frontiers, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems, and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

Informing national action on climate change

A major emphasis of research in the area of ecological applications is engagement with government, industry and community, resulting in important applications in policy input and development.

Macquarie has built on its long established base of research on climate change and its social and environmental impacts, to significantly expand climate-related research through a strategic alliance with biologists, social scientists, economists and others through the establishment of the Climate Futures Research Centre.

This multidisciplinary research centre aims to bridge the divide between climate and adaptation research, policy and practice needs, by serving as a hub for interactions between leading researchers, governmental decision-makers, NGOs, businesses and vulnerable communities.

Macquarie environmental scientists lead the Australian Animal Tagging and Monitoring System, which provides data to support research on many of the critical marine issues facing Australia.

Research - Environmental sciences

Environmental science partnerships

Macquarie is also a partner in the Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre, which seeks to improve efficiency and reduce or utilise waste to benefit a wide range of industries and the environment; and since 2005, has hosted the ARC Research Networks in Earth System Science, Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, and Vegetation Function.

Award-winning researchers

  • Professor Peter Nelson was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship in 2006
  • Dr Paul Beggs received a Eureka Award in 2010

National research centres

ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems
Professor Sue O'Reilly

Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Professor Lesley Hughes

Macquarie University research centres

Climate Futures
Professor Lesley Hughes

Genes to Geoscience
Professor Mark Westoby