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School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

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

Professor Stuart Parsons
Head of School, School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

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.”

Our staff

Meet our experts

Professor Stuart Parsons
Position
Head of School, EEBS
Division / Faculty
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Zoology
Ecological Applications
Other Biological Sciences
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Professor Anthony Clarke
Position
Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management
Division / Faculty
Sustainable Environments,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Ecology
Horticultural Production
Evolutionary Biology
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Professor Peter Grace
Position
Professor of Global Change and Theme Leader
Division / Faculty
Sustainable Environments,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Environmental Science and Management
Soil Sciences
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Professor Rob Harding
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Agricultural Biotechnology
Crop and Pasture Production
Microbiology
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Professor Thomas Higgins
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Professor Balz Kamber
Position
Professor in Petrology
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Other Earth Sciences
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Professor Martin Sillence
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Animal Production
Veterinary Sciences
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Professor Peter Waterhouse
Position
Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Other Biological Sciences
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Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geology
Geochemistry
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Associate Professor Jennifer Firn
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Sustainable Environments,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Ecology
Ecological Applications
Plant Biology
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Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Microbiology
Agricultural Biotechnology
Ecology
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Associate Professor Matthew Phillips
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Genetics & Biotechnology,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Evolutionary Biology
Zoology
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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)

Earth Science

"I was fortunate enough to have a very, very engaging and passionate lecturer, and I think really it was his ability to connect with students that really drew me towards it in the first instance. I found that having that passion from the lecturer really facilitated learning."

Katrina Bourke

Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

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 research

Our research addresses real-world issues affecting the safety and security of all Australians, investigating and solving problems ranging from food security to climate change-related environmental concerns.

Through our research strength in plant biotechnology we're improving the disease resistance, stress tolerance and nutritional status of a range of crops.

Our researchers have made significant discoveries ranging from new marsupial species through to insights into the importance of volcanic eruptions to the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our courses

We are a leader in delivering world-class teaching and research outcomes, offering advanced, relevant and modern courses designed for the real world, underpinned by our award-winning research.

Students learn from experienced lecturers and professors. Our teaching staff work within multidisciplinary research teams at the cutting edge of science and engineering, and collaborate closely with industry and business.

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