Zoological research seeks to describe and understand the physiology, behaviour, taxonomy and evolution of animals. Research in animal biology is performed at the biochemical, cellular, organismal and ecosystem level and at UQ is strongly linked to ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology. Zoological research happens primarily in our School of Biological Sciences,but we also have world class zoological researchers in our School of Veterinary Science wildlife research groups and our School of Agriculture and Food Sciences' Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility and Koala Ecology Group. Zoology research at UQ was rated at the highest level – well above world-standard – in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, a distinction also held in the 2010 and 2012 ERA assessments.

Key research areas at UQ include:

  • Physiological and behavioural responses to environmental conditions
  • Comparative animal physiology and energetics
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Parasitology
  • Fish Biology
  • Vertebrate Palaeontology
  • Biomechanics

 Read more about our Zoology researchers here, including more information on specific projects, publications and research student opportunities.