The earth’s natural resources and the man-made environment are under intense pressure from a growing population, urbanisation and transport, continuous expansion of the agriculture, fisheries and energy sectors, along with climatic variability at a local, regional and global scale. These natural resources (such as food, soil, water, air, biomass and ecosystems but also fuels, minerals and metals) underpin the functioning of the global economy and our quality of life. Humanity is however approaching a number of planetary boundaries for biodiversity loss, global freshwater use, change in land use, ocean acidification and interference with the global phosphorous cycle.
The Environmental Research Institute has substantial expertise and resources for broad environmental research including ecological systems, biodiversity, atmospheric chemistry, water quality, environmental health, environmental governance and law, society and sustainability, geosciences, environmental genomics, resource management, and environmental economics.
Amongst the diverse range of research teams encompassed by our Environment platform are those with a focus on our flora (the Plant-Environment Interactions Group, the Sustainable Crop Production Group, the Plant Biotechnology Group) and fauna (Animal Welfare Group, Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Group, Invasive Species Group, Mammal Research Group and Ornithology Research Group).