The Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) is based at James Cook University (JCU), Australia's leading tropical research university.

Our mission is to promote cutting-edge ecological and environmental research in the tropics, and the wise management, conservation and sustainable use of tropical terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, in Australia and internationally.

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TESS team discovers origin of pathogen that has decimated Earth’s frogs

TESS team discovers origin of pathogen that has decimated Earth’s frogs

New research has revealed a deadly disease that threatens the survival of the world's frogs originated from East Asia, and global trade was almost certainly responsible for the disease's spread.

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Conjour Magazine Highlights Bill Laurance’s Career in Science and Conservation

Conjour Magazine Highlights Bill Laurance’s Career in Science and Conservation

An Interview with Bill Laurance: A Life of Fragmentation

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TESS team fight to save world's rarest ape

TESS team fight to save world's rarest ape

Newly Discovered Orangutan Species Requires Urgent Habitat Protection

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Outstanding Research

TESS research addresses the pressing, complex, trans-disciplinary and interconnected issues of S3D – Sustainability Science and Sustainable Development – across the tropical world


JCU is the only Australian university to receive the highest ranking of 5 (well above World Standard) in Environmental Science and Management in the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment for every round.

JCU's unique location enables researchers and students from Australia and overseas to work in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world. Nowhere else is it possible to visit reef, rainforest and savanna in a single day, returning to world-class laboratory facilities in a vibrant and attractive tropical city.