Earth sciences Environment

Earth sciences Environment

Earth scientists work to understand how the Earth works and how it came to be.

At Macquarie, you’ll combine the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and apply physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. You’ll graduate in high demand in the environmental management industry and research sphere.

Professional Experience

Make a positive contribution to the studies of our Earth system and see the world in a new light.

Through Macquarie University's unique PACE program you can apply your knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics in a real-world setting. By working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects you can gain important industry skills and get ahead in the career queue.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an activity for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Earth sciences at Macquarie has two linked but distinctive research clusters: earth and planetary sciences (EPS) and environmental science (ES).

World-leaders in Earth and planetary sciences research

Macquarie’s EPS research is based predominantly within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems. The Centre’s interdisciplinary approach to studying the solid Earth integrates geochemistry, geodynamics, geophysics and petrology, and has launched Macquarie as a world leader in research on the evolution of the lithosphere, the timing of Earth events, the nature of the deep Earth and its geodynamics.

Led by Professor Sue O’Reilly, the Centre is delivering a new framework for mineral exploration, linking ore deposits to tectonics, mantle structure and the transport of material and energy. It also integrates previously disparate fields – geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics, and numerical and thermodynamic modelling – to reach a new level of understanding of Earth’s dynamics and the fluid cycle(s) through time.

Environmental science

Macquarie’s ES research focuses on climate science, coastal dynamics, environmental impacts of resource production and use, fluvial systems, organic and inorganic contaminant geochemistry, and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions with studies of early Earth evolution.

ES researchers play a major role in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, which is leading the research community in a national interdisciplinary effort to generate information for decision makers in government and in vulnerable sectors and communities to manage the risks of climate change impacts.

Informing management of natural hazards

This area also incorporates Risk Frontiers, which is a world leader in natural hazards risk assessment and provides insurers with sophisticated research-based solutions. Applications, which are used globally, include emergency management, flood plain management and land-use planning.

World-leading researchers

  • Professor Bill Griffin, within Earth and Planetary Sciences is the most-cited Australian geoscientist and is ranked 25 in the world
  • Sue O'Reilly, within Earth and Planetary Sciences, is the second most cited geoscientist and is ranked 75 worldwide
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