Welcome to the School of Marine and Tropical Biology

The School takes the lead in maintaining and enhancing the University’s international profile.The School’s strategic intent is to be the leading research and education centre for the study of biology in the tropics.To this end it aims to expand knowledge and understanding of biology through excellence in research and teaching, with a focus on tropical systems.With its immense biodiversity, in marine and terrestrial environments, we consider north Queensland to be one of the best places in the world to study whole organism biology and ecology.

The School of Marine and Tropical Biology has three disciplines representing the major research and teaching foci, they are Aquaculture, Marine Biology and Tropical Biology. Our focus is on whole organism biology, with an emphasis on ecology, sustainability, and genetics in all disciplines:

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Latest News


  • Lost world discovered on Cape York Peninsula in Australia Lost world discovered on Cape York Peninsula in Australia 
    A JCU-National Geographic expedition to Cape York Peninsula in north-east Australia has found three vertebrate species new to science and isolated for millions of years—a bizarre looking leaf-tail gecko, a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog.
  • 'Ghost' fish taking over the Caribbean 'Ghost' fish taking over the Caribbean 
    A spiny, toxic and beautiful member of the world's coral reef communities, the Red Lionfish, is invisible to the small fish it likes to eat.
  • Legacy of Yasi for Hinchinbrook barramundi stocks Legacy of Yasi for Hinchinbrook barramundi stocks 
    JCU researchers are gaining valuable insights into the legacy Tropical Cyclone Yasi has had on barramundi fish stocks in the Hinchinbrook Channel after more than 250 tonnes of farmed barramundi escaped into the ocean.