Environmental science

Understanding and protecting the natural world

Environmental science at UWA uses interdisciplinary research to find solutions to the challenges and pressures facing our environment, and to support sustainable development. Through teaching and research, we are developing advanced knowledge of how air, water, terrestrial and marine environmental systems respond to human impacts. Our researchers are improving environmental quality through innovative projects with practical application, and are developing novel management technology.

Our work integrates an understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes within the environment, supported by state-of-the-art sensing and measurement technology. Strong links with industry and government organisations have enabled us to develop and trial solutions to issues of pollution and environmental degradation. For more information on this area, contact key staff, Doctor Matthew Hipsey and Doctor Deirdre Gleeson

Key research areas

The discipline is focused in five key research areas:

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Joint PhD Program with Nagoya University


We have developed close working relationships with local and national business and industry partners dedicated to furthering our environmental knowledge and conservation. Our partnerships bring together a unique combination of expertise in physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Networks and Observatories

Ecosystems provide us with essential services such as carbon sequestration, water, clean air and biodiversity. Crucially we need long-term ecosystem observatories to monitor the health and productivity of our key natural and managed systems. We provide intensive ecological observatories as part of a national network (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and OzFlux) that improves understanding of how ecosystems (and the services they provide) respond to climate change and disturbance to provide a fundamental basis for their future management.

Our observatories are based throughout Western Australia, including:

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