We combine our expertise in biological and physical sciences with environmental social science to enrich our teaching in the area of applied ecosystem science making sure that it is relevant to society and contributes to the development of innovative solutions to environmental issues faced by a rapidly growing global community.
An undergraduate degree is your first degree at university. Our range of courses and majors offer flexible options for studies in the fields of Forest Sciences, Horticulture and Landscape Ecosystem Management that will open the doors to an outstanding future.
- Graduate Coursework
Our range of Masters, Graduate Certificate and Diploma courses are designed for students seeking professional employment or developing careers in urban horticulture, forest and landscape or natural resource management sectors.
- RESEARCH PROGRAMS & PHD
Help us tackle some of the planet's most pressing issues and start your career by enquiring about postgraduate research opportunities in one of our research teams.
Research in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences covers an exciting mix of fundamental research that investigates how organisms and ecosystems function, more applied research that investigates ecosystems with practical and management outcomes in mind, and environmental social research that investigates the human element of ecosystems. Our research portfolio also includes a number of large research programs that we conduct in partnership with local government, industry or federal agencies. Our activities are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and research infrastructure.
Our research groups are organised under three main research themes that cover fundamental, applied and social aspects of ecosystem and forest sciences
Our scientists lead a number of collaborative research programs that investigate major societal issues of ecosystem and forest sciences in partnership with local government, industry and federal agencies.
Research Infrastructure and Facilities
Our research is supported by excellent research infrastructure and facilities, on campus or in the field. Some of our facilities are directly linked with national and international research initiatives and accessible to the wider scientific community.
- Academic Staff
Lecturers and researchers (including Professors) in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
- Professional Staff
Administrative staff in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
- PhD Students
Students undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy - Science in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
We are committed to enriching knowledge, management and experience of ecosystems through engaging with community, industry, and national to international agencies. We invite you to view some of our diverse engagement activities, and to contact us for further information and to realise engagement opportunities.
We enjoy engaging with the community to share knowledge and experiences, and to showcase our diverse teaching and research activities.
We have strong knowledge partnerships with industry and government, which enriches our students’ learning experience and ensures our research findings have practical impact.
We are globally engaged through teaching and research networks that facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and technology, and build capacity for new learning and innovative management of ecosystems.
Wednesday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmBurnley Seminar - Mapping key habitat features for Leadbeater’s Possum using airborne LiDAR and aerial imagery: implications for threatened species conservation planning
Wednesday11:00 am - 12:00 pmCreswick Seminar - The Triple Helix and Bushfire Science
Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBurnley 125th Anniversary Seminar - Rumble in the (urban) jungle: novel science research driving green cities
Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBurnley 125th Anniversary Seminar - Urban plantings as living laboratories for climate change
Tuesday6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBurnley 125th Anniversary Seminar - Where people, landscapes and biodiversity collide
International award for bushfire scientist
Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst has been awarded the International Association of Wildland Fire’s (IAWF) Ember Award
Planting trees for the Earth
Campaigners want us to plant 7.8 billion trees to combat climate change. But what then?
Swapping guns for gardening
Returned WWII servicemen and women were given a fresh start through training in horticulture and gardening at Burnley
- Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016 rediscovers plant power
- Horticulture not seen as a viable career, even though it's crucial for our cities
Three ways frogs, roads and cars don't mix
... But there are seven things we can do to make their lives just a little easier
Kids, avatars and the science or art
Drawing and painting is like second nature to most children, but what happens when you ask them to go beyond just putting pen to paper?
Seeds of hope lie in forests
Saving forests is central to combating climate change, but tackling global poverty is part of the solution
The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is Australia’s premier research and education provider dedicated to the study of ecosystem processes, sustainable land management, and environmental social science in forest and other ecosystems, covering the full range from natural to highly urbanised systems.
Welcome to the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences!
Our work spans from molecular to ecosystem scales, from technology to sociology, and from city to wilderness, seamlessly integrating our research activities with our teaching programs.
SEFS operates across three locations, the University’s main Campus at Parkville, the Burnley Campus with a century old tradition of excellence in urban horticulture, which today is a dynamic multidisciplinary research centre with a focus on green infrastructure, urban ecology, ecohydrology and forest science, and our regional Creswick Campus, originally the University’s specialist campus for forest science and the birthplace of forest education and research in Australia, which today also is home to significant plant and crop science research programs.
Our extensive teaching and research facilities are complemented by a number of long-term field research sites which together with a range of large scale government and industry partnerships represent a significant strength of the School.
Help us tackle some of the planet’s most pressing issues and start your career by enrolling in one of our undergraduate and graduate coursework programs, join one of our research teams as honours, postgraduate or post-doctoral researcher, enquire about employment opportunities or partner with us as research collaborator or collaborating sponsor.
I invite you to browse through our web-pages and explore the many educational, career development and research opportunities that we can offer.
Professor Gerd Bossinger
Head of School.
- Our Courses
Discover the Undergraduate and Graduate study options available to you.
- Our Research
Enquire about our post-doctoral research opportunities or partner with us as a research collaborator or collaborating sponsor.
- Our Locations
Our Creswick and Burnley campuses provide beautiful backdrops for teaching and learning with us.