Study Area: Plant Science
Many of the contributions plants make to life on earth are well known. Perhaps not so obvious is their significance in understanding the ongoing process of genetic evolution, their role as living links to ancient earth and their potential to contribute to the medical world. We still have much to learn from plants.
New research methods, powerful instruments and fresh ideas are transforming how biologists study plants, from the molecular mechanisms of cells to the ecological dynamics of the biosphere. Developmental botanists are using DNA technology to unravel the development of the flowers. Taxonomists are reassessing plant classification by applying new methods and data for measuring evolutionary relationships. Plant ecologists are analysing field data by coupling computers to remote environmental sensing instruments placed in tropical forests. Plant physiologists and biotechnicians are engineering plants to improve agricultural productivity.
Botany at JCU covers the broad areas of aquatic and terrestrial plants, plant ecology, plant taxonomy, physiology (function), evolutionary relationships and diversity as well as climate change, conservation and management.
Postgraduate Coursework Degrees
Postgraduate Research Degrees
Botanists are employed in a range of roles (researchers, education and extension, conservation managers, consultants), government departments and industries. They can choose to be generalists, specialists, or researchers (with further study), in areas such as:
agriculture, forestry and plant breeding
species identification, recording, history and presentation