Our school specialises in understanding fundamental chemical and physical processes that operate across the physical spheres of Earth. We're motivated by the need to solve current global challenges, such as the state of the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, energy and resource sustainability, and future planetary habitability.

Our core research focus is on the physical spheres of Earth: the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. We investigate how these physical spheres have evolved over Earth's history and, through geospatial science, we observe and understand these spheres today and their interactions with all life.

We have a particular research focus on:

  • natural resources
  • Earth observation
  • atmospheric composition and change
  • air quality and pollution
  • natural hazards
  • climate
  • environmental science challenges (including reef restoration and energy).

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
Director, Central Analytical Research Facility / 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

29 Nov 2021

NeoARM microscope enables real-time research at the atomic level

A super-resolution electron microscope that allows Australian scientists to observe and manipulate individual atoms is now operational at QUT.

26 Nov 2021

Teens tackle tech challenges at regional STEM summits

QUT’s Future You STEM Summit for high-achieving teenagers is hitting the road for its very first visit to Cairns, Bundaberg, Mackay and Toowoomba.

5 Nov 2021

Research in Focus competition finds beauty in discovery

This beautiful microscopic image of a coral polyp the size of a pinhead has won QUT’s 2021 Research in Focus competition.

Contact us

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