USC’s Animal Research Centre brings together academics and graduate student with a passion to understand what determines the health of animals, what forces shaped their evolution, how their actions and behaviours create key functions in ecosystems, and how best to conserve the amazing diversity of animal forms and their habitats.
Our activities result in new basic scientific knowledge across these domains as well as solutions to animal health, ecology and conservation problems - good and novel scientific research needs both fundamental and applied dimensions and our obligations to society reflect this duality clearly and consistently.
Our members work on a great variety of animals, wild, domesticated, swimming in the ocean, crawling on the land and flying in the sky. With respect to animal coverage in our research we are a veritable Noah’s ark: koalas; cats, corals; crows; estuarine rays; frogs; Galapagos finches; ghost crabs; horses; lice; lizards; manta rays; oyster catchers; oysters; parasites; piping plovers; puffer fish; red foxes; sharks; sheep; turtles; white-bellied sea eagles.
The diversity of animals is reflected in the diversity of habitats: we work in both ‘wet’ settings (sandy beaches, estuaries, coral reefs, surf zones, deep sea canyons, seamounts, seagrass beds, rocky reefs, etc.) and in drier domains (dunes, forests, deserts, Pacific islands). In the ‘safety’ of the laboratory, our researchers work with samples from animals to study the molecular basis of animal biology as well as their parasites and microorganisms that cause animal health and conservation issues.
Since no man is an island (notwithstanding a good deal of our work being done on islands) we nourish and build collaborations with partners from leading Universities internationally (e.g. University of Zurich, Cambridge University, UNC – Chapel Hill) and with industry and government from local to national levels.
At the very core of our centre are our graduate students and early career researchers. In fact, a key function of the centre is to create and nurture a culturally rich and inspiring environment where careers can begin and flourish – this commitment to the ‘early phase’ of academic training and careers shall be a continual key feature of all we do.
Above all, our centre is to be USC’s premier platform for research on all facets of animals: today and into the future.
ANIMAL Research Centre latest news
Bird bacteria linked to horse and human health
Pregnancy losses in horses have been traced to a strain of bird chlamydia by researchers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of the Sunshine Coast.
Checklist to boost gender equality in science
A global snapshot of more than 200 scientific societies has confirmed that female scientists still have a long way to go in their bid for gender equality.
Plastic bag ban at heart of marine debris study
University of the Sunshine Coast researchers will track the impact of Queensland’s upcoming ban on plastic bags by monitoring the marine debris found inside dead sea life in waters off the Fraser Coast.
Marine scientists bait up for surf zone fish project
USC marine researchers are undertaking the first comprehensive study of fish species along the Sunshine Coast’s surf beaches.
Research project could lead to evolution re-think
USC researcher is working to shed new light on the role animal culture plays in the evolution of new species.
Research sheds light on mite causing wombat mange
Genetic research led by USC has scratched below the surface to find the potential origins of sarcoptic mange, a disease in wombats that is highly infectious between animals and deadly if untreated.