About our school
“The School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences is dedicated to the production of impactful, pure and applied research that improves our understanding of how the Earth functions.
We translate this research into practical, real-world learning and teaching that prepares our graduates for the workforce and their future careers.”
Dr David Hurwood
Discipline Leader - Genetics and BiotechnologyDr David Hurwood has over 20 years of experience in population genetics. David has a passion for environmentally friendly and sustainable food production in the aquaculture sector.
The main focus of his research has been in applying a genetics approach to conserving wild aquatic species and managing diversity and sustainability in aquaculture production. His research has been conducted both in Australia and in developing countries in the Asia/Pacific region.
Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Discipline Leader - Geology and GeochemistryAssociate Professor Scott Bryan’s research interest and passion is in volcanism and the various ways volcanic activity has had an impact on Earth, its evolution, environment and atmosphere.
This has taken Scott to all parts of the globe to see and work in beautiful places for both pure and applied research projects.
Associate Professor Jennifer Firn
Discipline Leader - Sustainable EnvironmentsAssociate Professor Jennifer Firn is a restoration ecologist who specializes in studying ecological theory and then linking these theoretical constructs to the practical management of grasslands and tropical forests.
Her driving motivation in her academic career is to find smarter, cheaper and more sustainable ways of restoring degraded plant communities, whether that be grasslands or forests.
Professor Balz Kamber
Professor of Petrology – Geology and GeochemistryProfessor Balz Kamber specialises in the study of geochemical cycles that transfer material between the different Earth reservoirs. He has a particular interest in the Earth Surface environment where rock weathers to soil and chemical elements are being utilised by microbial organisms and plants or released to the rivers and the oceans.
His passion is to refine geochemical tools and to use his brief spell in geological time efficiently to discover as many of Earth’s secrets as possible.
Dr Jessica Trofimovs
Senior Lecturer (Sedimentology) - Geology and GeochemistryDr Jessica Trofimovs specializes in marine geology and natural hazards. Her research has taken her all around the world, from working on reconstructing the marine record of volcanic eruptions in the Caribbean to trench slope basin analysis in New Zealand.
A current research priority is to monitor and mitigate terrestrial landslide events that threaten water quality in south-east Queensland.
Dr Susan Fuller
Senior Lecturer in Ecology - Sustainable EnvironmentsDr Susan Fuller has taught at QUT for 14 years with a record of high impact research that has brought in over $340,000 in research funding.
She holds a theme leadership position in IFE and has recently finished work on a journal article exploring the impact of traffic noises on urban forest soundscapes.