Research highlights

With a 30 year history of excellence in teaching and research, Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering has an outstanding international research profile.

The World Heritage rainforests, reefs, beaches, estuaries, large rivers, mountains and national parks provide living laboratories for learning and research.

The School is a highly successful competitor for large Australian Research Council grants, and a preferred partner for significant industry sponsored research.

In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 national report, the University received the top rating of 'well above world standard' in many specific fields. We also achieved a rating of 'above world standard' in many fields. For more information visit ERA outcomes.

Research in the School is supported by its three key research centres.

School staff also engage in research activities through several bodies associated with the School.

Staff and students work in state-of-the-art facilities at Lismore campus which includes specialised laboratories for environmental chemical analysis, microscopy, aquaculture, geographic information systems and remote sensing, phytochemistry, natural products pharmacology and molecular genetics.

Marine science researchers and students have access to the University's National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour.

The School's research success is enhanced by strong links with public and private sector organisations and community agencies within Australia and overseas.

The postgraduate research conference Research in Science, Engineering and the Environment (RISE) is held annually.

If you are interested in undertaking research within our School, we offer higher degrees by research and can provide research supervision in a broad range of areas. Enquiries are welcomes and applications can be made at any time of the year. For more information, visit our higher degrees by research page.

Protecting our native animals - Associate Professor Ross Goldingay