Our Research

UNSW research is a central activity of academic staff and lies at the heart of much of the activities of the UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Our research and its themes range across much of the science spectrum, spanning the ecological, ecosystem, behavioural, paleontological, climate and geosciences.

Our broad research strengths encompass aspects of the past, current and future impacts that affect the natural world and human interaction with that world. These strengths are nurtured within our various research centres and by our established industry partnerships.

At UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences we combine our leading multidisciplinary knowledge across our various research centres. Our centres create a research hub for disciplines within our School. Together, our centres make new discoveries, take steps towards improving the environment and research our history to enhance our future. Explore our research centres and affiliated centres to see how we form deeper connections with our world.

Research Centres

We focus on the key uncertainties, risks and threats that face biodiversity in rivers and wetlands. We provide rigorous advice to government and communicate our research broadly in the community.

We're one of the largest university research facilities of our kind in Australia. We house research expertise in the key areas of Earth's climate: atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes.

Evolution and Ecology underpin all biological diversity.  We research how organisms adapt to the environment now and in the past. We draw together the diverse strengths of academic staff, research fellows and postgraduate students to build capacity for this research.

We're an interdisciplinary organisation seeking to understand the origin of life on Earth. We aim to set an Australian life-seeking instrument on the surface of Mars. We're also associated with NASA and ESA.

Affiliated Research Centres