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The University of Canberra is making an impact with its outstanding research in environmental science, biodiversity, conservation, water and the management of species and ecosystems that has earned UC a growing international reputation.

Addressing all facets of environmental science, UC enjoys an emerging research strength in urban and regional planning, architecture and design to coexist with and preserve natural landscapes to produce sustainable communities to withstand the pressures of climate change and population growth. Explore below to see the exciting directions UC's environmental science programs are headed in.

Our Research Centres

UC is immensely proud of our achievements in bringing together the best minds in environmental science to work in:

Our Partnerships

UC cooperates closely with leading institutions researching and working at the cutting edge of environmental science, including:

  • Murray Darling Basin Futures (MDBf)
  • Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
  • Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF)
  • Cooperative Research Centres
  • eWater and Invasive Animals CRC
  • ARC Environmental Futures Network
  • Oil Search (PNG) Ltd
  • Landcare Research NZ
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Australian National University
  • Adelaide University
  • University of Queensland
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Griffith University
  •  ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services
  • NSW Department of Primary Industry
  • National Water Commission
  • NSW Public Works
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Federal Government
  • ACT government
  • ACT Planning and Land Authority
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
  • CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
  •  Regional Development Australia

Feature Projects

UC is making great strides in improving our understanding of environmental science, including projects such as:

Foxes in Tasmania

Using novel DNA detection techniques developed at the University of Canberra, a team of researchers led by Professor Stephen Sarre has mapped the presence of foxes in Tasmania, predicted their spread and developed a model of their likely distribution as a blueprint for fox eradication. Read more

Humans caused bird extinction

Human colonisation of the remote Pacific islands may have spawned the global extinction of nearly 1,000 species of non-perching landbirds, according to a new analysis of fossil data by a University of Canberra researcher and colleagues. Read more

Sex determination in reptiles

University of Canberra geneticist Tariq Ezaz received a prestigious fellowship for his research on sex determination in reptiles and identify the genes that determine sex in an Australian reptile species. Read more

Evidence based water allocation

A major component of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is the provision of water to meet environmental needs. However, there is concern that rigorous science does not underpin environmental water allocations. This project highlights a stepwise approach to quantitative determination of environmental water requirements and demonstrate how that information can help to balance those water needs with other demands on water. Read more

Water quality and groundwater-dependent ecosystems

This project will provide methods for predicting the magnitude of water quality changes caused by changes in climate, framed within the context of groundwater dependent ecosystem outcomes. It will also develop an understanding of the complex relationship between community values, climate driven biophysical responses and water management. Read more

Ice Age Clues to CO2 today

By examining the tiny needle-like spikes of sponge fossils from the last Ice Age –more than 10,000 years ago –researchers from the University of Canberra and The Australian National University have been able to better understand the influence of oceans over carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.

Solomon Islands Project

From designing cities in China to building basic amenities in the Solomon Islands, University of Canberra architecture students and staff are using their skills to make a difference. Read more