The discipline of Biological Science at CQUniversity has focused on 'applied biology', both in research activity and the content of the aligned undergraduate science degree program. The development of Biological Sciences at CQUniversity was underpinned by a foundation of PhD trained teaching staff when the university was formed in 1992 and has continued since then, through appointment of staff with expertise relevant to both the teaching discipline areas and regionally relevant research opportunities. Staff expertise in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, within the applied biology field, varies across all 06 FoR codes. Research within the School is predominantly identified as Environmental Sciences (05) or Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (07) which are underpinned by regional industry needs. However, recent appointments within the school in health-related disciplines has extended the expertise base of the biological science staff profile, leading to the emergence of biological research capability in the health sciences (physiology, immunology and microbiology).
In the 2018 ERA results, CQUniversity achieved a rating of 3 in both Biological Sciences (FoR 06) and Zoology (FoR 0608), which means that research in these areas is rated at world standard.
EI2018 - Case Study
Research Driving Improved Conservation Management Outcomes for Vulnerable Koala Populations
CQUniversity researchers have improved conservation management, policy and strategic planning for the koala by creating new insights into the complexity of koala habitat use and challenging public and corporate perceptions around the conservation challenges for this vulnerable species.
This contributed to the following: (a) changes to the conservation listing at the state, national and international levels, (b) revised state and national policy and regulatory oversight of koala-related developments, (c) new state-based strategic planning, and (d) revision of local habitat management practices. A media engagement strategy, which included expert workshops and public presentations as well as local and international citizen science initiatives, was deployed as one pathway to impact.