We study planet Earth. We are motivated by the need to solve current global challenges, such as the state of the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, energy and resource sustainability, and life beyond our planet.

We investigate rocks, oceans and the atmosphere by using physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology and geospatial science to observe and understand how our planet transformed and how life evolved. We use this knowledge to explore other planets and their habitability.

We have a particular research focus on:

  • earth evolution
  • natural resources
  • climate, including atmospheric composition and change
  • environmental challenges, including air quality, reef restoration and energy transition
  • natural hazards, including landslides and volcanism
  • planetary surfaces.

Our research partnerships

We're working with you to find solutions to your problems. Reach result through a collaborative partnership with our experienced research experts who make active contributions to their fields.

Our partnerships

Learning and teaching experience

Our courses provide students with hands-on skills and field experiences using state-of-the-art laboratories, real-world industry examples and methods.

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Our staff

Professor Carmen Gaina
Position
Head of School, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
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Professor Charlotte Allen
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Geology
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Professor Scott Bryan
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geology
Geochemistry
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Professor Balz Kamber
Position
Professor in Petrology
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Geology
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Professor Ian Mackinnon
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Other Earth Sciences
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Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science and Management
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News and events

23 May 2022

Brisbane scientists awarded US funding to help fight new viruses like COVID & Monkeypox

A team of Brisbane scientists led by QUT’s Dr Nathan Boase has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense global grant to investigate a new method to prevent emerging viruses like COVID-19 and Monkeypox from being able to spread through human cells during new pandemics.

23 May 2022

QUT and Hastings Deering dig deep on new data partnership

QUT and heavy equipment supplier Hastings Deering have joined forces to advance emerging data science technologies to build better returns for customers, partners, and investors alike.

19 May 2022

Environmental devastation and the power of microbes given artistic expression

A large installation made of sugar will be the centrepiece of a new exhibition focussed on the hidden connections between people and their environment opening at QUT Art Museum on July 5.

Contact us

Contact the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for more information on our courses, research and staff.