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.

School

Research School of Earth Sciences

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.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.

Stories

Satellite photograph of eastern Australia with plumes of smoke visible. Image: NASA

Analysis and opinion

Scientists hate to say 'I told you so'. But Australia, you were warned

Australian scientists warned the country could face a climate change-driven bushfire crisis by 2020. It arrived on schedule.

Bobby Sun on One Tree Island

Student profile

What do you do if you love marine science - but can’t swim?

Bobby Sun loves the ocean and is about to graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), specialising in marine science. And yet, she can't swim.

Professor Carola Vinuesa.

News

ANU researchers recognised as some of the world’s most influential

Four ANU academics have recently joined a prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers awarded by the Web of Science.

Research story

Requiem for a reef

Atop Mt Stromlo, under a full moon, researchers, musicians and a glass artist met to draw attention to the impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems.

News

Antarctica likely to drive rapid sea-level rise under climate change

Scientists have show that ice melt drives rapid and high sea-level rise, offering a forewarning of what to expect under human-driven climate change.

Research story

Fitting and turning for world-class research

Where does an ANU researcher go when they need to get a meteorite cut?

News

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge

The latest report from the IPCC paints a grim picture of the future of Australia’s coastal areas, but there’s still time to avoid the worst scenario.

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.

News

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.

Research story

Under the ice

What does the latest research predict about the future for Antarctica?

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