The Earth Sciences are inherently multidisciplinary, bringing together mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and archaeology in the investigation of Earth processes. It is a particularly exciting time for our discipline given the challenges facing society in relation to climate change and the sustainable development of the Earth's energy, water and mineral resources. In addition to these key challenges, the School undertakes a wide-ranging program of research into the history and evolution of our dynamic planet. The School of Earth Sciences has a long and proud history, and is nationally and internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate subject selection, and outstanding postgraduate courses and experiences.
The School has particular multi-disciplinary strengths in past, present and future climate change research and modelling, with core geology research strengths in Earth geochemistry (including isotope geochemistry, geochronology and thermochronology), geomicrobiology, sedimentology and sedimentary basin analysis, micro-paleontology, structural geology, metamorphic geology and theoretical petrology, and Quaternary geology. Key research strengths in meteorology relate to cloud processes and mesoscale dynamics, polar weather and climate, synoptic meteorology and weather systems, tropical meteorology and climate, and atmospheric chemistry. The School also hosts the Melbourne Energy Institute, which fosters cross-disciplinary research related to energy resources and sustainability. With other institutional partners, the School hosts nodes of the CO2 Cooperative Research Centre, the CODES Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, and the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
Our work is supported by world-class research infrastructure. In addition to sample preparation and XRF, electron probe and SEM laboratories, the School of Earth Sciences hosts a noble gas/halogen mass spectrometry capability unique in Australia, a fission track laboratory, an optically stimulated luminescence laboratory, a petrophysics laboratory, a biogeochemistry laboratory, a U-Th/He dating facility, as well as two quadrupole and two multicollector mass spectrometers with laser ablation systems, operating in Clean Laboratory environments. Melbourne is also a partner in research infrastructure established at other institutions, the national AuScope initiative, as well as the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; the latter providing us with access to the largest cooperatively funded infrastructure available in the Earth Sciences worldwide.
We invite you to browse our website and contact us if you have questions or are interested in pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate or research opportunities in the School.
Professor David Phillips
Head, School of Earth Sciences