Earth & marine sciences

The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences is Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia, and ranked 12th in the world for Earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

We take a broad view in addressing the big challenges of Earth sciences, seeking to answer questions ranging from the origins of the Earth, to understanding climate change. We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational.

We are innovators: seeking to develop new experimental, analytical or computational methods, underpinned by in-house engineering and electronics workshops and our highly specialised technical staff.

Our cutting-edge research is led by our academic staff, and provides an unparalleled environment for high-quality research training of our graduate students. Our people and facilities are also the foundation for our vision to deliver world-class research-led undergraduate teaching in the Earth sciences.

Our facilities include the Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micropode (SHRIMP) that was developed at ANU to analyse geological materials.

Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our Research Schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

For a list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees, please refer to the student projects page.


Career story

My science journey and where I am now

Sophie Lewis, 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year and ANU alumni, delivers a speech to tomorrow's scientists.


Wind mystery inside gas giant Saturn begins to unravel

A new study argues that Saturn's interior flows like honey due to its magnetic field.


Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance

Scientists from ANU have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance.

Student blog

The reef is built in a day (but then dissolves at night)

Kate Holland takes us on a field trip to the Great Barrier Reef to learn how coral reefs are built and destroyed.

Analysis and opinion

What to expect if you’re on holiday in Bali and there’s an earthquake

Many of us stare in the face of such disaster, and feel helpless. Learning what actually happens during an earthquake could help you feel better prepared.

Research story

Rocky start solves a mystery

“650 million years ago, there was a revolution of ecosystems.”

Student profile

Master of Climate Change

Aaron Kirby discusses the impacts of climate change and explains how the Master of Climate change degree has helped him in his career.

Research story

Shatter-proof mobile phone screens a step closer with ANU research

An international study on glass led by ANU and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris could lead to the development of shatter-proof mobile phone screens.

Donor profile (giving)

"If I’ve got something to give, I’ll give it"

Michael’s latest gift has allowed Earth Sciences Masters student Kristen Marris to travel to Greece to attend a structural mapping course.


Joint Colleges of Science staff recognised at ANU Staff Excellence Awards

The awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals and teams that allow the University to operate as one of the world's best universities.