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A division of the School of Geography and Geosciences, the Department of Earth Sciences was established in 2010 along with the appointment of Professor Peter Cawood, formerly of the University of Western Australia and winner of the Mawson Medal of 2008. Members of the new Earth Sciences group made major contributions to the 2008 RAE submission, in which 60% of the science was recognised as "world-leading" or "internationally excellent".

The Department’s ethos is to undertake research that is driven by curiosity and dedicated to engaging in the exciting questions driving this new revolution in the natural sciences. We investigate issues that range from the origin of the continental crust to man’s relationship with the natural environment and how that affects the quality of life. We emphasise fieldwork combined with analytical techniques that interrogate data from the nano to the planetary scale in order to better understand the intricate interactions of the geological and biochemical processes that have operated collectively since Earth formed.

We have currently four main research themes: co-evolution of life and Earth, coastal sedimentary systems, geobiology, and marine geophysics.

For more information please visit the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences home page.

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