Environmental sciences

Environmental sciences

Environmental SciencesMacquarie’s environmental scientists enjoy an international reputation as leaders in their fields.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our environmental sciences research received a rating of 5 out of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’, as did our research in the sub-disciplines of ecological applications, and environmental science and management.

Additionally, Macquarie is the number one institution in Australia in environmental sciences and ecology research (ESI, 2014). This places the University alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Chicago (USA) in terms of the international impact of our research.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in five key, interrelated areas:

  • climate change and impacts
  • Earth surface process dynamics (hydrology, oceanography, geochemistry, aeolian)
  • geomorphology and landscape evolution (river, coastal, desert and polar environments)
  • human impacts on the environment and rehabilitation/ management responses, and
  • quaternary environmental change

Our facilities

Our facilities include:

  • a climate science laboratory
  • drill rigs and a field store
  • an environmental Earth science laboratory
  • an environmental quality laboratory
  • a luminescence dating laboratory, and
  • a thermal and environmental processing laboratory

Our research hubs

Our environmental science activities support six research hubs:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems
  • Climate Futures
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Climate Risk
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Ecology and Evolution
  • Genes to Geoscience
  • Produced Water Research Centre
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