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.

Research Focus

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

In 2018, Earth & Marine Sciences at the University of Tasmania was ranked in the top 50 in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings. Agriculture & Forestry was ranked in the top 100, and Environmental Sciences in the top 200.  

Earth Sciences was ranked equal second in Australia, and top 75 worldwide, and Agricultural Sciences was ranked in the top 50 worldwide in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The US News Subject Rankings placed Plant & Animal Sciences at 64th and Environment & Ecology at 89th in the world.


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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