Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

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The Department of Biological Sciences is a vibrant community of teachers, researchers and students working across a wide range of disciplines including animal behaviour, climate change, conservation, ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics, paleobiology and physiology.

Our commitment to research-led teaching ensures our students graduate with a broad base in contemporary biological thought, a passion for lifelong learning and strong foundations for a career in the biological sciences and related areas. However, we think theory is just the beginning, and emphasise enquiry-based practical laboratory and field-based sessions conducted within our excellent teaching and research facilities.

Our teaching and research assets include world-class modern digital labs for teaching, outstanding newly updated labs and glasshouses for plant growth experimentation, a new sea water facility for conducting experiments in marine systems, a large fauna park allowing observational studies of animals in natural environments, and a range of cutting-edge molecular biology research laboratories. The Department also houses a large collection of biological specimens in its arboretum, herbarium and museum that are used for teaching and community engagement.

Our close proximity to Lane Cove National Park and the Macquarie Ecology Reserve also means that students can undertake practical work in the field, ensuring they develop valuable skills and problem-solving abilities, just a short walk from campus.


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