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Ecology and environment

Understanding our world, and how we interact with it, allows us to create a better and more sustainable future. From forest to ocean floor, UniSC research is making new discoveries and providing solutions for environmental and ecological challenges worldwide. UniSC is ranked among the world's best for our commitment to sustainable development.


Centre for Bioinnovation

Research using bio-inspired approaches to improve societal outcomes and supporting ecosystems.

Research themes include aquaculture biotechnology, conservation and biodiversity, applied microbiology, and biodiscovery.

Forest Research Institute

Forest conservation research that is making a direct and meaningful contribution to the sustainability of our wooded landscapes.

Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research

Collaborating with Pacific peoples to provide evidence-based solutions and sustainable pathways for the future.

Research spotlight

Top honour for USC professor on great quest to save koalas

A University of the Sunshine Coast professor who is leading vaccine development to safeguard Australia’s iconic koala from extinction has been named a Queensland Great.

Jaws hold crucial insights into fate and future of tiger sharks

UniSC is part of an international study that used DNA retrieved from historical tiger shark jaws over the past century to reveal that population decline is changing the genetic diversity of one of the ocean’s apex predators.

Forest research brings sweet smell of success for “Blue Sky” winner

As demand for timber grows amid a global shortage, a University of Sunshine Coast researcher will represent Australia on the world stage with an innovative climate positive project that is creating new opportunities for plantations of highly aromatic sandalwood.