Biological sciences

Biological sciences

Biological sciencesResearch in biological sciences at Macquarie is world leading. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our biological sciences research received a rating of ‘performance above world standard’.

Macquarie is also number one in Australia for the citation impact of our environmental sciences and ecology research (ESI, 2014) and in the top 50 universities in the world for Earth and marine science (QS, 2014). This places the University alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Chicago in terms of the international impact of our research.

Our researchers enjoy high visibility in prominent journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America and Science. Additionally, research into antibiotic resistance, coral reef dynamics, early animal evolution, honey bee colony collapse, native rice, polymorphic Gouldian finches, sexual cannibalism, social lizards, spider web design, and tool use by fish enjoys wide media coverage.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • animal behaviour
  • conservation genetics
  • ecology
  • evolutionary biology
  • microbiology
  • palaeobiology
  • plant biology, and
  • zoology

Our facilities

Our facilities include:

  • an acid leaching facility and fossil preparation laboratory
  • the Biological Sciences Museum
  • a fauna park, bee/fly house, animal enclosures and freshwater ponds
  • field vehicles and boats
  • a microscopy unit
  • on-campus marine science seawater facility
  • a plant growth facility, herbarium and glasshouse
  • the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Our research hubs

Biological sciences activities at Macquarie support four research hubs:

  • Climate Futures
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Animal Behaviour
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Ecology and Evolution, and
  • Genes to Geoscience
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