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Biology

If you are interested in investigating and experimenting to learn more about living organisms, a Biology major is for you. You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of biology including plant and animal biology, cell and molecular biology, plus genetics and evolution.

Building on your in-depth knowledge of the basic principles of biology, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different areas of interest – focusing your studies on different courses to specialise in an area that most suits your career plans.

Research areas cover genetics, plant cell development, DNA damage, reproductive biology to name a few, with opportunities for biology graduates to embark on careers involving biochemistry, environmental/ecological biology for example, or to further study specific topics at a higher level.

Potential job opportunities for biology graduates include animal biologist, biochemist, botanist/plant scientist, environmental/ecological biologist, pathology assistant or research assistant.

Associate Professor Mark Baker

NHMRC Research Fellowship
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Male infertility

Dr Alex Callen

Postdoctoral Researcher / Casual Academic / Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Anita Chalmers

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Flora, Conservation biology, Plant ecology

Associate Professor John Clulow

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Animal physiology, Commercialising biotechnology, Conservation biology

Associate Professor David Collings

Honorary Associate Professor/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Gymnosperms, Spiral grain development

Dr Geoffry De Iuliis

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

DNA damage, Oxidative stress, Proteomics

Dr Craig Evans

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

microbial species in environmental samples, Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) 

Dr Zamira Gibb

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Fertility, Reproductive biology, Stem cells

Associate Professor Ian Grainge

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Microbiology, Novel antibiotics, Site-specific recombination

Professor Christopher Grof

Honorary Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

C4 photosynthesis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Biofuels

Dr Karl Hassan

ARC Future Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Antimicrobial resistance, Membrane transport, Microbial genomics

Professor Matthew Hayward

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Conservation biology, Ecology, Introduced species

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Associate Professor David McCurdy

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Proteins in chloroplasts, Plant cell and molecular biology, Transfer cells 

Professor Brett Neilan

Professor and Global Innovation Chair (Biotechnology)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Bioactive compound discovery, Cyanobacteria, Genetics of complex biosynthesis

Professor Brett Nixon

NHMRC Research Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Andrology, Biology, Gamete biology

Dr Shaun Roman

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Acrylamide, Cellular biotechnology, Gene expression

Professor Yong-Ling Ruan

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Abiotic stress tolerance, Gene regulation, Plant cell development

Dr Michael Stat

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Coral reefs, environmental DNA, genomics, symbiosis

Chemistry

Research in Chemistry is central to most areas of modern science and technology. Deepen your understanding of the properties and uses of chemicals, elements, and compounds with a Chemistry major. Studying Chemistry at UON you will have access to our world class facilities and our existing industry relationships, as you explore the primary concepts of chemistry, including basic atomic and molecular structure, the chemistry of carbon compounds as well as principal physical concepts of the discipline. Chemistry impacts and interacts with our lives on a daily basis. Use your extensive knowledge to pursue a career in research, the food or manufacturing industries, or even science communication and journalism.

Professor Michael Bowyer

Interim Executive Dean of Central Coast Campus
Academic Division

Heterocyclic chemistry, Hydrogen sulfide, Molecularly imprinted polymers

Dr Robert Chapman

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Polymer synthesis, Self assembled nanoparticles, Macromolecular therapeutics

Dr Sam Chen

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Carbon Materials, Graphene, Materials Chemistry, Materials Science, Membranes, Rechargeable Batteries

Professor Scott Donne

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Electroanalytical chemistry, Electrochemistry, Energy storage materials

Dr Khay Fong

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Colloid, Drug delivery, Light scattering

Associate Professor Clovia Holdsworth

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Analytical chemistry, Molecular imprinting, Organic chemistry

Dr Tim Kirkman

Technical Manager
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Chemistry

Professor Adam McCluskey

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Anti-cancer agents, Chemical biology, Clathrin inhibitors

Associate Professor Alister Page

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Carbon nanotubes, Combustion, Computational chemistry

Dr Ian Van Altena

Honorary Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Chemical ecology, Compound identification by spectrometry, Environmental chemistry

Professor Erica Wanless

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Adsorption, Atomic force microscopy, Characterisation of the solid-liquid interface

Earth sciences

The Earth Sciences major is for those that are looking to build new concepts working in a variety of environments. Examine the processes of our earth, soil, water, as well as our spatial science and structural geology. You will learn from leading science researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and customise your study with a wide range of disciplinary choices, incorporating many areas of study. Find scientific solutions to complex problems and gain the confidence that employers are looking for.

Associate Professor Gregory Hancock

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Environmental geoscience, Physical geography

Associate Professor Anthony Kiem

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Agriculture, Climate change

Dr Bill Landenberger

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Crustal evolution, Field geology, Petrology

Associate Professor Hannah Power

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

coastal environments including sandy beaches, estuaries, rocky shores, and coral reefs; coastal processes including ocean waves, tides, and currents; coastal hazards including wave overwash and tsunami; climate change impacts on coasts; geographic information systems (GIS); field experiments; numerical modelling

Dr Danielle Verdon-Kidd

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Climate change impact/vulnerability assessment, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Hydrology

Professor Silvia Frisia

Conjoint Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

C-fluxes in karst systems, Geomorphology, Global changes

Environmental science and management

If you have a passion for science, sustainability and want to play a part in solving the environmental problems facing our society, the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management at the University of Newcastle is for you. You'll learn to understand and combat the critical issues placing a growing strain on the earth’s natural resources such as climate change, human impacts, and the biodiversity crisis. Find scientific solutions to our current environmental

Dr Alex Callen

Postdoctoral Researcher / Casual Academic / Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Anita Chalmers

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Plant conservation, vegetation management, restoration ecology

Associate Professor John Clulow

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Craig Evans

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

microbial species in environmental samples, Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) 

Associate Professor Troy Gaston

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Marine, coastal and estuarine ecosystem functioning and health, habitat rehabilitation, fishery productivity

Professor Matthew Hayward

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Geoff MacFarlane

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Estuarine and marine ecotoxicology

Professor Michael Mahony

Honorary Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Environmental Science and Management, Frog Species

Dr Bonnie McBain

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Sustainability Science, Learning for sustainability, Science Teaching

Dr Liam Phelan

Senior Lecturer in Multidisciplinary Science
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Climate change, Complex adaptive systems, Environmental Studies

Dr Margaret Platell

Lecturer/Web Learn Tutor Env & Life Sciences
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Aquatic systems, Ecological processes, Fishing and aquaculture impacts

Associate Professor Hannah Power

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

coastal environments including sandy beaches, estuaries, rocky shores, and coral reefs; coastal processes including ocean waves, tides, and currents; coastal hazards including wave overwash and tsunami; climate change impacts on coasts; geographic information systems (GIS); field experiments; numerical modelling

Dr Maria Schreider

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Danielle Verdon-Kidd

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Climate change impact/vulnerability assessment, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Hydrology

Dr Richard Yu

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

EDC, Endocrine disrupting chemicals, Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Exercise and sports science

When you study the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree at the University Of Newcastle, you will benefit from a comprehensive approach to the study learning about all aspects of physical health for the entire population. Our staff are highly trained and committed to high quality teaching and research in the field of exercise and sport science.

The Western world is moving towards a new era of health problems related to lifestyle and inactivity, while at the same time elite sport enjoys a high profile in the community. As a result, there is an increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health. With a focus on performance in sport and health, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science will provide you with the skills to tackle these problems, ultimately contributing to a happier and healthier community.

Dr Nattai Borges

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Age on pulmonary and muscular oxygenation following high intensity training, Healthy ageing and exercise

Dr Emily Cox

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Associate Professor Ben Dascombe

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Applied sports science, Exercise physiology, Professional practice

Dr Suzi Edwards

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Agility, Neuromuscular fatigue, Patellar tendinopathy

Dr Hayley Lewthwaite

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Josh Secomb

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Applied Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning, Surfing

Dr Mitch Smith

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Attention, Psychophysiology, Team sport

Food science

The Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition is offered at the Ourimbah campus. The degree provides a strong background in the principles underlying the sciences of food technology and human nutrition. This includes the basic sciences, the chemistry and biology of nutrients and the attributes of food, including food commodities and functional foods.

Many countries have alarming rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. New healthy, enticing and tasty products are needed to help with these emerging health threats and graduates of this program are in the best position to make a difference.

Dr Taiwo Akanbi

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Food Bioprocessing; Food Waste Valorisation; Encapsulation for Nutrient Delivery

Dr Emma Beckett

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Biomedical science, Epigenetics, Science management

Dr Tamara Bucher

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Food labelling, Health perception, Nutrient profiling

Mrs Michelle Challinor

Associate Lecturer/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Penta Pristijono

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Edible coating, Food processing, Food safety

Professor Christopher Scarlett

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Biochemistry, Carcinogenesis, Metastases

Dr Hayley Scott

Post Doctoral Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Casual Lecturer/Casual Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy|School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy|School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy|School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Asthma, Fatty acids, Inflammation

Dr Quan Vuong

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Bioactives as functional ingredients, food waste utilisation, food preservation

Geography and environmental studies

The Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies explores issues involving how humans live in and use our world. You can explore areas such as environmental sustainability, climate change, changes in biodiversity, soil and increases in mass human population movements. You will learn methodological approaches, data collection and analysis, discussion and communication skills while studying key geographical and environmental issues in a current and global context. You will build skills and research the relationships between physical and human processes and how we affect the environment and our planet.

Ms Annette Burke

Associate Lecturer/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Faith Curtis

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Social Geography

Associate Professor Michelle Duffy

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Affect, Community, Embodiment

Dr Paul Hodge

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Bonnie McBain

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Environmental management, Futures analysis, Learning for sustainability

Associate Professor Kathleen Mee

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Assemblage, Belonging, Cultural geography

Professor Simon Springer

Professor of Human Geography
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Southeast Asian studies, Human geography, Social justice

Dr Meg Sherval

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Climate change Impacts, Community engagement, Energy development

Dr Jill Sweeney

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Social Geography

Professor Sarah Wright

Future Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Cultural geography, Development studies, Food sovereignty

Marine science

When you undertake a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science at UON you will build up your experience through practical activities in a range of marine habitats where you will learn to collect, analyse and present information appropriate for your career. The Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science allows you to tailor your program to your interests through a wide range of minors while obtaining the core skill for a career relating to coastal and marine environments. This program will help you increase your employability by complimenting traditional science learning in marine and coastal environmental studies with a number of study areas, such as animal biology, education studies, social science and environmental regulation. While undertaking your degree you will have access to boats and field equipment plus a dedicated marine science lab used for undergraduate and postgraduate research activities. If you have an interest in learning about marine environments, their ecosystems and natural processes this is the degree for you.

Associate Professor Troy Gaston

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Bycatch reduction in fisheries, Ecosystem processes, Marine ecology

Dr Megan Huggett

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Bacterioplankton, Environmental change, Marine Ecology

Associate Professor Bill Leggat

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Anthropogenic impacts, Climate change, Coral

Dr Geoff MacFarlane

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Estuarine and marine ecotoxicology

Dr Margaret Platell

Lecturer/Web Learn Tutor Env & Life Sciences
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Benthic ecological processes, Fishing and aquaculture impacts, Food webs

Associate Professor Hannah Power

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

coastal environments including sandy beaches, estuaries, rocky shores, and coral reefs; coastal processes including ocean waves, tides, and currents; coastal hazards including wave overwash and tsunami; climate change impacts on coasts; geographic information systems (GIS); field experiments; numerical modelling

Dr Vincent Raoult

Casual Academic/Casual Academic/Casual Web Learn Tutor Env & Life Sciences/Casual Academic/Casual Senior Research Assistant/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Maria Schreider

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Algae, Bioindicators, Ecology

Dr Michael Stat

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Coral reefs, Environmental DNA, Genetics

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.