Research and Teaching

Research and Teaching

Research and Teaching

JCU 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.


JCU Research News


    New insights unearthed with newly-discovered armoured dinosaur
    Fri, 20 Jul 2018
    A James Cook University scientist has helped discover the first complete skeleton of a new species of dinosaur – a 76 million-year-old five-metre long beast with spiked armour and a bony, club-like tail.

    Junior doctor fights deadly disease
    Wed, 18 Jul 2018
    A James Cook University researcher has received funding to investigate an early warning system for a disease that kills approximately 2000 Australians every year.

    Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs
    Thu, 12 Jul 2018
    Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists.

    Unplugged holidays tipped to increase
    Wed, 11 Jul 2018
    James Cook University researchers say the phenomenon of the ‘digital-detox’ is on the rise and could be an important part of the tourism industry in the future.

    Piscatory paradox: frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots for marine fishes
    Thu, 5 Jul 2018
    Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colourful reef fishes, and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at high latitudes. This “latitudinal diversity gradient” is one of the most famous patterns in biology, and scientists have puzzled over its causes for more than 200 years.

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