The School of Earth Sciences conducts high quality, multi-disciplinary research in the scientific areas of Climate, Weather and Geological Sciences.
- Research Themes
The School of Earth Sciences conducts world leading research in the areas of Weather, Climate and Geological Sciences. This research is conducted in conjunction with our many research linkages and industry partners.Read more
- Research Centres
The School participates in several research institutes, centres and organisations, which facilitate inter-disciplinary research and education.Read more
- Industry collaboration
We work with a large number of companies in support of collaborative research, student projects and community engagement.Read more
- Why Study Earth Sciences?
Make a difference in your career. Choose a degree in Earth Sciences.VIEW
- Our Courses
Earth Sciences encompass a wide range of subjects concerning the solid Earth, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Explore our programs and become a leader at the forefront of studying the earth and its systems.VIEW
- Awards, Prizes & Scholarships
Scholarships on offer are some of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia.VIEW
- Field Trips
Field trips are an important part of undergraduate and graduate study within Earth Sciences courses.VIEW
The School of Earth Sciences is committed to community engagement and education within our discipline areas of Climate, Weather and Geological Sciences.
Our academic staff and students regularly take part in community and media forums and we have an active program of engagement with high schools in the Melbourne region. In particular, we provide information and presentations to high schools on a range of topics including studying Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne and more topical scientific issues such as climate change science, volcanoes in Victoria, and rocks and minerals of Victoria.
Our researchers lead a citizen science volunteer program known as SEARCH - South Eastern Australian Recent Climate History - if you are keen to help, please visit the SEARCH website.
For more information or to arrange presentations to your high school or community organisation, please contact:
Phone: +61 3 8344 9866
Keep in touch with the School of Earth Sciences and fellow alumni.
- Dynamic Earth Updates
View live weather and seismic updates from instruments located in the School of Earth Sciences.
- Image Gallery
The study of Earth Sciences takes researchers to beautiful places in the world.
- PhD opportunities in speleothem palaeoclimate studiesNews
- Dr Robyn Schofield elected to International Ozone CommissionNews
- Hidden stories in Madagascar Science Matters on Pursuit
- Professor Mike Sanford named Redmond Barry Distinguished ProfessorNews
- Earth Sciences academic appointed Science Editor for Geology News
- Great Barrier Reef bleaching would be almost impossible without climate changeNews
- The not-so-plain Nullarbor
Today it’s one of the driest spots in Australia, but just a few million years ago the Nullarbor was flush with trees and plants and had four times as much rainRead more…
- PhD student goes from Madagascar to FameLab
PhD student Catherine Wheller, from the School of Earth Sciences, presented her research in a fun and fast format during the 2016 FameLab semi-finals in Melbourne.News
- A long climatic affair
The first extensive retrospective of our climate history has traced the human fingerprint on record-breaking hot temperatures as far back as the 1930sNews
- Whatever happened to the ozone hole?
Lessons in timely action to avert global disasterNews
- The hole in the ozone
The environmental issue we managed to fix* and why we still need to be sunsmartNews
- The science behind these big monsters
We’ve all seen footage of tropical cyclones. But this is how they form and why climate change is reducing their number – but increasing their powerNews
- Cities for climate change
Citizens often want greener policies, but why don’t cities listen?News
- Three ways to save stressed-out coral
What if coral could be made more resistant to the effects of climate change?News
- The human fingerprint on a record hot year
Global temperature records are being toppled and it’s mostly our faultNews
- Big white clouds are light and fluffy right? Wrong!
We lift the fog on cloud dynamicsNews
- Learning to learn from bushfires
Finger pointing, blame and scapegoating is not the answer. Looking forward and understanding the risks is the right way.News
- What is tree bark?
It's strong, thick and protective – but why is bark brown instead of green?News
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The School of Earth Sciences is dedicated to high quality research and teaching in the disciplines of Climate, Weather and Geological Sciences.
The School of Earth Sciences was formally established in 1990, following the amalgamation of the Department of Geology (1900) and the Department of Meteorology (1937). Since its inception, the School has gained a national and international reputation for innovative research and teaching in the inter-disciplinary fields of Geological Sciences and the Climate and Weather Sciences. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate Science and Breadth subjects across these discipline areas, as well as several postgraduate degrees.
The School is one of seven within the Faculty of Science and comprises approximately 11 teaching & research staff, 33 research-only staff, 40 postgraduate students and 20 associates supported by 10 professional staff. Among the research-only staff the School hosts 2 ARC Australian Professorial Fellows, 1 ARC QEII Fellow, 2 ARC Research Fellows, 1 ARC Future Fellow, 3 Australian Postdoctoral Fellows, 3 ARC Discovery Early Career Researchers and 1 McKenzie Fellow.
Located just north of the Melbourne downtown central business district, the School forms part of the vibrant Parkville campus environment and represents an exciting learning environment, as is evident from our international ranking indicators.
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