Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Tasmania is an island laboratory of global significance, home to contrasting ecosystems that share a common evolutionary history and an outstanding natural heritage.

As a state, we have the longest history of environmental awareness and research in Australia, providing a rich store of knowledge on the island's evolutionary and geological history and its current ecological communities.

The island's unusual diversity and range of primary production systems in agriculture, fisheries and mining lie within a largely a contained system, ideal for innovative, whole-of-systems research. Tasmania is also the national gateway to the Southern Oceans and Antarctica.

University of Tasmania researchers maximise their proximity to these unique environments to confront some of the most challenging questions of our time and pave the way to a sustainable future.

Research outcomes include the development of new ways to improve food production in hot, sandy soils; alternative approaches to forest management; charting the location of rich reserves of metal underground; and tracking disease in endangered species.

For more information about the Environment, Resources & Sustainability Research Theme please send an email to Contact.ERS@utas.edu.au.

Research Focus

Tasmania is a world leader in protected area establishment and management, with 50% of the state's land mass in protected areas.

Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Tasmania has been listed in the top 100 in the world by the prestigious QS ranking system in 2016. While Environmental Sciences and Geography was ranked in the top 200 institutions in 2016.

Life and Agricultural Sciences was listed by ARWU in the top 200 universities in the world in 2015. While Plant and Animal Sciences was ranked 76th in the world and Environment and Ecology ranked at 136 in the US News Subject Rankings in 2015.


Promoting the social, economic and political changes needed for a sustainable future.

Natural Resource Management

Developing new, evidence-based approaches to manage our natural resources that will support resilient ecosystems, primary production systems and communities.


Examining how environmental changes influence biological diversity, human society and the contributions of ecosystems to human well-being.

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