Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (UoA 7)

Almost all of the research in this UoA is officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The following academic units formed the submission to UoA 7:

  • School of Biology
  • School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
  • School of Marine Science and Technology

All three schools are central stakeholders in the Institute for Sustainability which promotes and provides an umbrella for cross-disciplinary research, University wide.

Research areas and staff



  • Geosciences
  • Marine biogeochemistry


  • Applied and environmental microbiology
  • Applied marine science

International impact

Our research in this area is making a positive impact on a global scale:

  • Opening up untapped oil reserves

The following case studies demonstrate the impact of our research:

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