To be globally renowned for transforming society through scientific discovery, by delivering meaningful innovations to Australia's bioeconomy.
The Climate Change Cluster (C3) undertakes an integrated and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences. The institute produces new insights into problems facing ecosystems around the world, to support the wellbeing of the animals, plants and communities that rely on them. C3’s research therefore, serves to address the biggest environmental and societal issues facing Australia and other countries in a changing climate: food and energy security; sustainability and ecological resilience; and global health.
C3 has been delivering research excellence in catagory-1 grants since 2008 and has now reached the size and scale to be a nationally recognised research cluster with sufficient breadth of skill to enable it to expand into areas with an industry focus, in particular to support Australia’s emerging bio-economy.
C3 aims to take a leadership role in the elimination of Single Use Plastics, advocating for legislative change, and influencing and enabling responsible consumption practices for the UTS community.
We have an inclusive culture that embraces differences and values people. We are collegial, supportive and respectful while nurturing optimum research performance and career development in an intellectually stimulating environment.
History: University research strength in the Faculty of Science, established in 2008.
Alignment with UTS research theme: Sustainability
Interdisciplinary expertise: biochemistry, bio-informatics, cellular biology, chemistry, ecological and biogeochemical modelling, ecology, engineering, microbiology, molecular biology (proteomics, genomics, metabolomics), oceanography, photobiology, physics (bio-optics), plant genetics, plant physiology, remote sensing.
Staff and student numbers: C3 has quadrupled in size over the last 8 years to 77 members: 4 teams, 23 research fellows/associates, 50 PhD students and 4 honorary appointments.
- Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology: Prof. Peter Ralph
- Future Reefs: A/Prof. Dave Suggett (ARC Future Fellow)
- Ocean Microbes and Healthy Oceans: Prof. Justin Seymour (ARC Future Fellow)
- Productive Coasts: Prof. Martina Doblin (ARC CoE BSB panel member)
- Seafood Safety: Marine Algal Biotoxins: A/Prof. Shauna Murray (ARC Future Fellow)
- Seagrass Health: Prof. Peter Ralph