PhD and MPhil

Research within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University is world class.

Our mission is to be a leading research and education centre for the study of the earth and environmental sciences in the tropics.

We have an excellent reputation, both nationally and internationally, for the quality of our research in specialist areas and multidisciplinary research which combines expertise in studying the earth, its resources, society and the environment. Our research areas include geology, geography, environmental science, hydrology, conservation biology, ecology, planning and sociology.

The School’s research mission reflects that of James Cook University as a whole; to undertake research focused on delivering a brighter future for life in the tropics, world-wide.

We have a vibrant research culture, focused on science relevant to our regional tropical setting, but with application to tropical settings and societies more broadly.

Research Strengths

Key areas of research strength in our School are:

  • Earth Science

  • Marine Science

  • Environmental Science

  • Society and the Environment

Our School hosts a range of research groups, centres, units and institutes actively undertaking research in these areas.

Available Research projects are here. Students who are interested in any of these project topics should contact the School office in the first instance:

An overview of optional research components of Postgraduate Coursework

The Director of Post Graduate Studies for the School is Dr Mark Hamann.