The School of Biological Sciences has research strengths in four broad discipline areas: Evolution, Genetics, Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Research within and across these discipline areas address key problems in biology that encompass: molecular and cellular genetics; evolutionary genetics of life histories, disease resistance and adaptation to environmental change; community ecology and ecosystem functioning; the impacts on biodiversity and mitigation of the major environmental change drivers.
This research is undertaken in freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments, from the tropics to the Antarctic, and in a laboratory setting. Investigations span a range of organisms, from unicellular algae and bacteria to plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. The School has a global network of collaborators that includes the university sector, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies, and contributes to the work of several international conventions and agreements.