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For the first time, we’ve brought together researchers in the life, earth and environmental sciences in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences to research the biggest issues facing our planet.

Our excellent life sciences research and teaching are shaping new approaches required to address a range of increasingly important challenges faced by the world that span a range of disciplinary areas, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria, maintaining ecosystems, and food security.

Major initiatives include curriculum renewal of life, earth and environmental sciences coursework across the sciences, and bringing together scientists from multiple disciplines to address global challenges.

Our areas of research

Animal sciences

Animal Science is a diverse cluster that works with the basic biology of animals and the other organisms that interact with them.

Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology

This cluster focuses on delineating the molecular mechanisms and describing cellular phenomena that underpin all forms of life, and using that knowledge to realise economic, therapeutic and technological outcomes.

Ecology, evolution and environmental sciences

We look at the world from an evolutionary perspective. Evolutionary theory provides practical insights into how biota adapt or fail to adapt to environmental change, why organisms behave the way they do, and allows us to map evolutionary changes.


The Microbiology cluster studies how microorganisms affect our lives and our environment, how we can harness them, and how we can stop them from causing us harm.

Plant sciences

The Plant Sciences cluster researches the full range of plant sciences, from molecular biology and plant physiology, though to the interactions of natural and managed plant communities with their biotic and abiotic environments.