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

    Cyclone Testing Station releases recommendations following Cyclone Debbie
    Tue, 20 Jun 2017
    Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the Queensland coast north east of Airlie Beach around midday on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Researchers from the Cyclone Testing Station, located at James Cook University in Townsville, have released their report into damage to buildings caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

    Distant fish relatives share looks
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017
    James Cook University scientists have found evidence that even distantly related Australian fish species have evolved to look and act like each other, which confirms a central tenet of evolutionary theory.

    Research for an oil (palm) change
    Fri, 9 Jun 2017
    In recent research, scientists have developed a technique that shows great promise for helping oil palm growers optimise production and reduce environmental impacts.The research, carried out by doctoral candidate Lénaïc Pardon, focused on crop yield, nitrous oxide emissions and nitrogen leaching.

    Language – an open book
    Thu, 8 Jun 2017
    Cairns-based linguists Alexandra Aikhenvald and Bob Dixon are celebrating two new books and a new language centre  at The Cairns institute at James Cook University this afternoon.

    Lubricated fish lips help wrasses vacuum coral goodies
    Tue, 6 Jun 2017
    James Cook University scientists using have discovered that a fish species has evolved highly specialised self-lubricating lips to help them feed from razor-sharp corals.

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