Environment and nature

The environment and nature science sector addresses contemporary issues arising from population growth, climate change and environmentally sustainable development.

The sector encompasses expertise in water and wastewater management technologies and solutions, reef science, air quality monitoring and control, green energy production, soils, flora and fauna and landscapes, mining remediation, recycling, and urban development.

The Department of Environment and Science is the lead Queensland Government agency responsible for environmental, species and ecosystem protection as well as research and monitoring, together with Queensland universities, institutes, facilities, precincts, and laboratories.

Queensland has nine universities including three of Australia’s largest. Details of the 250 plus research centres in Queensland are available by searching the Queensland science capability directory. Most Queensland universities manage major environment and nature research programs in dedicated research institutes and centres.

Leading environment and nature research

  • Find out what top researchers leaders in the environment and nature sector are saying about how Queensland is making a difference in water research.

    Find out what top researchers leaders in the environment and nature sector are saying about how Queensland is making a difference in water research.

Environment and nature research centres

Queensland has more than 120 institutes, facilities, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations involved in the environment and nature sector including:

Water releases

Read how we monitor and track water releases.