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Environmental & Conservation Sciences

A message from Associate Professor Treena Burgess, Cluster Leader of Environmental and Conservation Sciences.

Research and teaching in Environmental and Conservation Sciences address cutting edge challenges of international significance in three major research themes:

Ecology, People and Environment
Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

fieldworkOur research provides fundamental information to regulators and managers for sustaining, conserving and restoring ecosystems and links closely to issues of policy and governance of natural resources. The Australian Government officially recognized our research in many areas as above world class in their 2015 ‘Excellence in Research Australia’ national assessment. Our faculty are also accompllished teachers, many of whom have been recognised by university or national awards for teaching excellence.

Our area includes 50 research and teaching staff and supports 90 PhD and MSc Research Students. Our researchers have a strong national and international reputation, and actively work with a range of Australian and international research programs, industry, public and private organisations and universities of global standing, with funding from a variety of different sources.

The Environmental and Conservation Sciences has a very active teaching program and offers five majors within the Bachelor of Science and a research Honours year. The BSc majors and Honours programs are offered in:

• Biological Sciences,
• Conservation and Wildlife Biology,
• Environmental Management and Sustainability,
• Environmental Science, and
• Marine Science.

Double majors have been designed to develop complementary skill sets (e.g. Environmental Science and Marine Science), within the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and across the University. Our teaching programs are designed to link academic understanding with the practical application of this knowledge, including extensive field courses.

Postgraduate coursework and Masters degrees are offered in Environmental Science and Protected Area Management. Our graduates obtain positions in industry and government across the breadth of the environmental and conservation sciences sector.

Professor Neil Loneragan

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