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

    Plastic could poison oceans for generations
    Wed, 26 Apr 2017
    James Cook University researchers have discovered that plastic waste in the oceans limits the ability of plankton to breed, which could contribute to global fish population declines.

    Scientists study how coral manipulates its bacteria
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017
    In a novel study with implications for human health, James Cook University researchers are using a $300,000 grant to study how some animals can manipulate their own bacteria.

    Algae turns heavy metals green
    Thu, 13 Apr 2017
    James Cook University researchers have found algae can remove heavy metals from industrial wastewater and can grow biofuels at the same time.

    Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef hit by back-to-back mass coral bleaching
    Mon, 10 Apr 2017
    For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire length.  In 2016, bleaching was most severe in the northern third of the Reef, while one year on, the middle third has experienced the most intense coral bleaching.

    JCU No.1 in world for marine biology
    Tue, 4 Apr 2017
    James Cook University’s standing as a world leader in environmental sciences has been re-affirmed with JCU ranked No.1 in the world for marine biology and No. 2 in the world for biodiversity conservation research.

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