Located in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, our research across the Geological Sciences is internationally renowned and is of significant economic and environmental importance. In the recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, UQ recieved a rating of 'well above world-standard' or 'above world standard' in the areas of Geochemistry, Geology, and Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience. The Geological Sciences encompass wide-ranging investigations of the phenomena that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Earth both at and below the surface including:

Terrestrial and marine field-intensive studies are combined with sophisticated laboratory analyses and quantitative modelling to investigate both general processes and specific geological history relevant to the emplacement of mineral and fossil fuel resources, geothermal energy, groundwater resources, geological hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, landslides and volcanos, climate change, and the history of life on Earth (and potentially on other planets).

Current Earth Science research includes base and precious metal exploration, coal and coal seam gas studies relevant to both exploration and environmental remediation, geosequestration of carbon dioxide, hydrogeochemistry, tectonics, geothermal energy, palaeoclimate, palaeobiology, geomicrobiology-early life, computational geo-sciences and geo-engineering.