Evolutionary Biology at UQ interfaces the key concepts of evolution with ecology, genetics, developmental biology and palaeontology. Evolutionary Biology is central to understanding how past climate and environmental change has shaped life on Earth. Researchers seek to determine the ways in which genetic architecture and environmental factors relate to the forces of natural selection. Evolutionary Synthesis provides insights into major biological concepts such as how new species are formed, the evolution of sexual reproduction, the evolution of multi-cellularity and body plans and how hosts and parasites co-evolve. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, UQ received the highest rating of ‘well above world-standard’ in Evolutionary Biology, a distinction also held in the 2010 and 2012 ERA assessments.

Key research areas include:

  • Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics
  • Evolutionary Developmental Biology
  • Palaeobiology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics