School of Biology and Environmental Science

Our school brings together multidisciplinary teams to research and address global challenges, ranging from food security to climate change-related environmental concerns

Our research

We study how genes, species and ecosystems function and can be managed, conserved and restored. We apply this knowledge, where appropriate, to create biotechnological solutions.

Our outcomes significantly contribute to the:

  • advancement of food production
  • development of resilient and nutritional crops
  • understanding of groundwater-soil vegetation
  • treatment of plant and animal diseases
  • prevention and control of pests and invasive species.

We translate this research into practical, real-world learning and teaching that prepares our graduates for the workforce and their future careers.

Fruit fly research

Fruit flies are a significant threat to the global agriculture industry. Infestation from these pests result in direct crop loss, as well as restrictions to fresh-commodity trade and market access. The Fruit Fly Research Group studies these creatures with the aim of developing long-term, sustainable pest control.

About our fruit fly research

Future-proofing crops

Our academics are involved in the Future Farming research group bringing together elements of technology, society and biology to increase farming efficiency without sacrificing sustainability. Our work includes improving sustainable reporting capabilities for the Australian cotton industry to CropCloud, a cloud-based simulation tool for predicting crop yield and nutrient losses.

About our future farming research

Our courses

Biological Sciences

'I'm in my final year, which means I get to carry out a capstone project, which brings together all the skills you’ve learned throughout the duration of your degree. Our project explored the preference of fruit ripeness stages for a particular species of fruit fly in Queensland.'

Emma Carter

Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

Environmental Science

'I like environmental science because it combines a lot of different scientific disciplines into the one. There's chemistry, geology and biology. In environmental science, they all come together.'

Michelle

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Our partners

The core of our industry engagement is through our research and research training activities and our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.

We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive.

Ask us about becoming a partner

Greenhouse gases and sustainable agriculture

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Fruit Fly Research Group
  • Grains RDC
  • Landcare/Caring for our country
  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Queensland Applied Ecology Group
  • Seqwater
  • Sustainable Agroecosystems

Groundwater and water systems

  • Arrow Energy
  • CSIRO Brisbane
  • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health, Health Protection Unit
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • ERM Power
  • Exoma Energy
  • Galilee Basin Operators Forum
  • Geofabrics
  • Healthy Waterways Ltd
  • Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Logan Water
  • Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (Coal Seam Gas)
  • PNG Unitech VC
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • SEQ Catchments
  • Seqwater
  • SPEL
  • University of Sunshine Coast

Environmental engineering and sustainable development

  • CQ University
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  • Santos
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Urban Utilities

Spatial science and resilient landscapes

  • Australian War Memorial
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • Geography Teachers' Association of Queensland
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Greening Australia
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Far South Coast Landcare
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Open Training
  • Queensland Herbarium
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  • Townsville City Council

Our people

Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Meet our experts

Professor Stuart Parsons
Position
Head of School, Biology and Environmental Science
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Zoology
Ecological Applications
Other Biological Sciences
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Professor Peter Waterhouse
Position
Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research field
Other Biological Sciences
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Professor Kirill Alexandrov
Position
Professor of Synthetic Biology
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Medical Biotechnology
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Industrial Biotechnology
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Professor Anthony Clarke
Position
Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Ecology
Horticultural Production
Evolutionary Biology
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Professor Jennifer Firn
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Ecology
Ecological Applications
Plant Biology
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Professor Peter Grace
Position
Professor of Global Change and Theme Leader
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Environmental Science and Management
Soil Sciences
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Professor Rob Harding
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Agricultural Biotechnology
Crop and Pasture Production
Microbiology
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Professor Martin Sillence
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Animal Production
Veterinary Sciences
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Professor Robert Speight
Position
Professor (Microbial Biotechnology)
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Industrial Biotechnology
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Microbiology
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Associate Professor Susan Fuller
Position
Associate Professor in Ecology
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Ecology
Environmental Science and Management
Evolutionary Biology
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Associate Professor Grant Hamilton
Position
Associate Professor in Ecology
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Environmental Science and Management
Ecological Applications
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
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Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Research fields
Microbiology
Agricultural Biotechnology
Ecology
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