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UTS C3 Climate Change Cluster

Research achievements


  • International Funding: A USD$2.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to lead an investigation into marine microbes, in collaboration with the University of Queensland and MIT (USA); Human Frontiers Science Program currently worth $350,000 with an extension currently being submitted for an additional $350,000.
  • Research Awards: Australian Academy of Science J.G. Russell Award; UTS Chancellors Awards – Medal for Exceptional Research, Award for Research Leadership, Early Career Excellence, and Research Support; Young Tall Poppy Award; best paper awards in top journals; and finalists in the Australian Museum Eureka Prize Awards and the NSW Scientist of the Year Award 2010.
  • Memberships: C3 is a member of the national Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and Auscover.
  • Fellowships: 4 ARC Future Fellows awarded (1 international candidate declined the offer), 4 ARC DECRAs awarded, 6 UTS Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
  • ARC LIEF Infrastructure: Home to the first Australian transportable laboratory for international oceanographic research funded by a 2013 ARC LIEF grant ($580,000).
  • Teaching: The majority of senior staff (Level D/E) have developed new subjects taught through the School of Life Sciences.
  • National rankings: In the ERA 2015 National Report, C3 contributed to the ERA 5 (well above world standard) in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and in the Environmental Sciences.
  • Leadership: $3 million collaborative research project funded by CSIRO (plus $3–4 million in-kind from university partners) with the participation of 8 national research centres. This is Australia’s largest coastal blue carbon accounting and measurement study (2013–2015).
  • Research Publications: Members of C3 regularly publish in high impact, discipline- and multi-discipline specific journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS. C3’s research has appeared on journal covers (e.g. Science, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews), and has been the subject of invited reviews in top journals.
  • External research income: $4 million in 2015
  • Honorary appointments: UTS Distinguished Visiting Professors John Raven and Michael Kühl.
  • Research supervision: A successful track record in HDR supervision and on-time completion, ECR mentorship and research-inspired teaching and learning across a wide range of existing subjects within the School of Life Sciences, which have an interdisciplinary and integrated focus.
  • University recognition: In the August 2015, UTS Council Meeting, C3 was recognised as a “high performance group” and one of two to be given a three star rating. C3 was recognised as “conducting world-leading research in sustainability, with significant potential for growth”.


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