School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is located in Townsville and Cairns, central to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropical Rainforests World Heritage Areas, and at the gateway to the world class mineral fields of north-eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and the West Pacific.
The school is proud of its multi-disciplinary approach, its international outlook, and its extensive network of collaborations with private and government organisations, linked to a strong research tradition and a dynamic learning environment.
These attributes ensure that the School is a major contributor to the University’s reputation and listing in the TOP 4% of the World's Universities, and an important factor in our success in producing informed, effective and skilled graduates.
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News from the School
- Kids keep track of turtle trips
Children from Annandale State School have been keeping tabs on five flatback turtles as they make their way from their nesting site off the coast of Papua New Guinea to northern Australia.
Pest fish to be tracked by its DNA
One of North Queensland's most invasive species of pest fish may be tracked by its own DNA, in a new collaborative project between researchers from JCU and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
JCU celebrates a boat as old as the university itself
A 40 year-old research vessel that has been instrumental in establishing JCU as a world-class centre for marine research has had a makeover and is being re-launched this week.
Dinosaur embryo bonebed reveals its secrets
A 190 million-year-old dinosaur bonebed near the city of Lufeng, in Yunnan, China has revealed for the first time how dinosaur embryos grew and developed in their eggs.
Lessons for our reefs in Caribbean study
Many Caribbean coral reefs have either stopped growing or are on the threshold of starting to erode, which new evidence has revealed.