Research of the environmental sciences is dedicated to discovering and understanding how our planet works as a system, how ecosystems and species are formed and continue to evolve. We look at how our planet relates to the universe around us and the impacts of human behaviour. Particular strengths include our research into climate change, environmental policy and natural resource management. Many of our environmental sciences academics provide solutions and advice to government, industry and not-for-profit organisations.

Cracking the illegal wildlife trade

UNSW scientists have discovered a way of checking chemical markers present in keratin such as quills, feathers and hair to determine if animals are being illegally trafficked.

Modelling improves climate change preparedness

The highly successful NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling project has enabled organisations to plan for future climate change in a consistent and systematic way.

Nothing compares to the humble frog

Dr Jodi Rowley explains why frogs are so vital for healthy ecosystems, how she is working to conserve them and the positive impact she has already made to the study of amphibians in Southeast Asia.

Public to help restore vital sea grasses

Scientists are asking local communities to help restore endangered Posidonia seagrass meadows by collecting shoots that naturally become detached after large storms.

Safeguarding the health of our rivers & wetlands

Three decades of surveying waterbirds in Australian rivers and wetlands by Professor Richard Kingsford has strongly influenced national water management policy and practice.

Scientists crack genetic code of cane toad

The world-first genome will help scientists understand how the toad spreads, how its toxin works and provide new avenues to try to control its population.

Solving the lead problem in drinking water

UNSW material scientists address the problem of lead leaching into the drinking water of Australian households by creating a new, lead-free brass alloy that will be used to make plumbing parts.

Tropical tree mortality

Scientists have shed light on tropical tree deaths – with results predicted to have important implications for managing forest biodiversity.