James Cook University is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide.

A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics.

As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges.


Research news from JCU

  • Work on barren soil may bear fruit
    Australian and Chinese scientists have made significant progress in determining what causes soil acidification – a discovery that could assist in turning back the clock on degraded croplands.
  • Women needed for research into post-menopause
    A JCU researcher is undertaking research into the exercise and lifestyle of post-menopausal women and is seeking participants for her study.
  • Lendlease to build JCU’s landmark ‘The Science Place’
    JCU’s landmark ‘The Science Place’ project is one step closer, with the announcement of the construction company that will build the $85 million joint teaching and research facility on the University’s Townsville campus.
  • Fish go deep to beat the heat
    A James Cook University study shows fish retreat to deeper water to escape the heat, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to pass.
  • Top Australian authors shortlisted
    The finalists for one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards have been announced by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies