The School of Biological Sciences has research strengths in four broad discipline areas:

  • Ecology and Ecosystems;
  • Evolution in a Changing World;
  • Form and Function of Life; and
  • Genetics, Genomics, and Health. 

Research within, and across, these areas addresses key problems in biology that encompass: molecular and cellular genetics; evolutionary genetics of life histories, disease causality, adaptation to environmental change and disease resistance; community ecology and ecosystem functioning; the impacts on biodiversity, and strategies to mitigate major environmental challenges. Simplistically, we are interested in all forms of life, the interactions between the environment and genetics / genomics and strategies to improve human and environmental health.

This research is undertaken in freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments, from the tropics to the Antarctic, and in state-of-the-art laboratory settings. Investigations span a range of organisms, from unicellular algae and bacteria to plants, invertebrates and vertebrates including humans. The School has a global network of collaborators that includes the university sector, not-for-profit organizations, industry and government agencies. The Members of the School contribute to the work of several international conventions and agreements, and play leading roles in professional societies spanning evolution, ecology, developmental biology, the environment, and human health.