We love life. Our planet inspires us to understand how animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and viruses work, how they evolve and how they interact.
We are fascinated by the breadth and diversity of life and living systems from DNA to entire ecosystems, from a single molecule to the Amazon rainforest. We nurture the next generation of bioscientists and love sharing our passion for biology with young people and the community.
Our school at a glance
Our research focuses on two domains: the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology domain and the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology domain.
Study with us
We cultivate a vibrant community of over 200 students studying at undergraduate, masters, and PhD levels.
Engage with us
We love to share our passion for the biological sciences and the work we do. This is why we work with schools and community groups, partners, alumni, and the public to share our research and demonstrate its impact.
The study of living things leaves you humble. So much is still a mystery, and finding out the beauty and complexity of life on Earth is a joy. Modern biology is increasingly interdisciplinary and applies collective thinking to delve into fundamental questions of life as well as help solve this century’s global challenges. Margie Mayfield, Head of School
Featured Research Centre
Centre for Anthropogenic Pollution Impact and Management
Our interdisciplinary research identifies pollution in the environment – in water, soil, air, and waste – and develops impact assessments and management strategies for human health and ecological sustainability.
Our collections and facilities
University of Melbourne Herbarium
Australia's largest university herbarium houses around 150,000 specimens of flowering plants, ferns, bryophytes, algae and fungi, as well as historic botanical objects and artwork.
A collection of zoological specimens dating from the 19th century to the present. Holds a working set of a huge variety of animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate.
Makes available state-of-the-art electron and optical microscopy equipment to students and staff of the University of Melbourne, as well as the wider community.
The Botany Foundation supports excellence in education and research in botany addressing issues relating to the use of plants, the environment, food security and nutrition.
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Native Australian Animals Trust
The Native Australian Animal Trust provides a way for people who are passionate about Australia’s wildlife and their environments to connect with and support the University of Melbourne’s research, teaching and engagement activities.
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