Our research


The hallmark of a top University is not simply the volume of their research outputs (and PhD student numbers), but the development of novel approaches and the philosophical underpinning that together advance our understanding of the world in which we live.  We challenge ideas; we do not simply collect and analyse data.

Our standing as one of the top research establishments in the southern hemisphere presents you with tremendous opportunities for high quality research training and intellectual development.  You will be able to do your research training within an environment of enthusiastic, ground-breaking researchers, under the guidance of national and international experts in their fields and alongside the most talented students. Our size has many advantages, including the breadth of our areas of research, the extent and quality of our facilities (University-wide as well as within the Program’s Schools), the “cohort experience” and shared learning that come from being in a diverse group, and the suite of additional research training workshops that you can access.

You will become part of a research group (or “lab”), which may be relatively small or may be part of a larger national centre with research partners at other institutions.  For example, we host the

Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA),

Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM)

Threatened Species Recovery Hub and the

National Centre for Coasts and Climate (NCCC)

So, whether you are interested: in ecological or evolutionary theory, field, glasshouse or lab work; marine, terrestrial or freshwater ecosystems; animals, plants, microorganisms, communities or the environment; native species or invasions; within southern Australia or elsewhere in the country or globe; the solution of environmental and social problems or the frontiers of understanding; you will find your niche with us!  Jump across to the People link to see a short summary of our scientists and their interests, with links to more details about each of them.

Research areas

Climate change

Hoffmann, Kearney, …

Conservation biology