About us

In July 2014, the new School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment was formed, bringing together the former School of Geosciences (Faculty of Science), atmospheric science (School of Mathematics) and physical geography (Faculty of Arts).

About usFor the first time at Monash, researchers studying climate systems will work alongside those investigating climate, weather, and near-surface to deep earth materials and processes - to name just a few. It creates a critical mass, an Australian powerhouse of Earth sciences education and research.

The innovation is a response to an emerging demand for Monash's talented teachers and researchers to foster its collaborative ties within its Earth sciences. It will build up the foundations of a stimulating, information-rich environment for students, across disciplines.

Monash University's reputation in environmental sciences is on an upward trajectory - with geography currently ranked number one within the Group of Eight research-intensive universities.


Our research program brings together a wide range of talented research scientists, who look at everything from the Earth's core to the atmosphere.

Our core research strengths are in:

  • Aerosols (including cloud seeding)
  • Boundary layers
  • Bushfire and fire weather
  • Climate science (including urban climate adaption, climate impacts and atmosphere-biosphere interactions)
  • Clouds
  • Convection
  • Economic geology
  • Environmental mineralogy
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Geodynamics (numerical and laboratory modelling)
  • GIS and remote sensing.
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Mesoscale meteorology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Pure and applied geochemistry
  • Soil science and soil chemistry
  • Structural geology and geophysics
  • Tropical meteorology
  • Volcanology and applied palaeontology (basin analysis)

Our unique, dynamic and collaborative approach to research has the potential to lead to exciting new developments within Earth sciences.

The School also has access to an extensive range of research facilities including:

  • the Australian Synchrotron
  • world-leading electron microprobes
  • Australia's top scanning electron microscope facilities
  • laboratories for stable isotope analysis
  • an experimental laboratory that replicates the conditions of the deep earth
  • an experimental analogue modelling lab for studying plate tectonics
  • high-performance super-computing.


Our research and academic staff are leaders in their speciality fields with a never-ending thirst for knowledge and a passion for mentoring their enthusiastic students.  Our innovative approach to learning provides a stimulating, information-rich environment for students, across disciplines.

The Earth is your laboratory waiting to be explored. Our students get out of the classroom and into the field, as part of our practical hands-on learning methodologies. You'll have the opportunity to visit the red plains of Broken Hill, or you might even get the chance to travel to Antarctica.

Enhanced undergraduate and increased postgraduate opportunities are continuously being developed to ensure our students are well connected and highly employable.

Now is an exciting time to get involved in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University as we continue to grow.  Open the door to a world of opportunity in earth sciences.