QUADRAT’s academic partners have in-depth research strength in environmental science, environmental management, ecology and earth science with a demonstrable history of world-leading research and training across the biological and geosciences.
Our research has directly fed into ecotourism legislation, renewable energy placement, fisheries policy, rural stewardship design, invasive species eradication programmes, land-use design, evidence-based policy relating to climate change and transition to a low carbon economy, improved resource recovery, bioremediation, water resource management and protection of endangered habitats.
Research in the School of Biological Sciences has a broad, cross-cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change, organised through four key research clusters of ecology, environment, evolution and ecophysiology.
To support our research activities, the School has world-class research facilities including aquariums, genomics centre, high performance computing cluster, controlled environment experimental evolution facilities, insectory, greenhouse and controlled plant growth facility, analytical suite including GC-MS and HPLC. We also support a series of long-term, large-scale field sites.
The School of Geosciences spans the disciplines of Geology, Geography and Archaeology, encompassing research focused on understanding the causes, effects and management of natural and anthropogenic changes to Earth’s surface and near-surface environments.
State-of-the-art field data collection and research facilities support research activity across geophysics, 3D terrain data acquisition, analysis and visualisation, hydrochemistry, petrophysics, organic and inorganic geochemistry and geobiology, palynology, and an electron microscopy suite.
Research within the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast is diverse and is broadly organised into three centres of disciplinary excellence: Microbes and Pathogen Biology, Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability, and Food Safety and Nutrition.
The School’s bespoke new building reflects a major investment in Biological Sciences. The new build complements existing field facilities at the dedicated Queen’s University Marine Laboratory featuring temperature controlled marine flow mesocosms, plant, soil and ecosystem health facilities, constant temperature rooms, an analytical environmental characterisation suite, and four Central Technology Units (CTUs) in mass spectrometry, genomics, advanced imaging and bio- and ecoinformatics.
The Queen’s School of Natural and Built Environment brings together well-established disciplines of Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering, Geography, Planning, Archaeology & Palaeoecology.
The Environmenalt Change and Resilience Research Cluster is one of three research clusters within the School of Natural and Built Environment and cultivates rigorous interdisciplinary research across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Physical Geography and Palaeoecology.
World-leading research facilities include the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology, isotope facilities, and the Centre for GIS and Geomatics.
The 14CHRONO Centre was established in 2004 to facilitate interdisciplinary research in past climate and environmental change, the relationship between human society and the environment.
The Centre for GIS and Geomatics specialises in research and teaching in the fields of spatial science, remote sensing including multispectral imagery, SAR, LiDAR and UAV data acquisition, geodetics, mathematical geoscience, geo-programming and digital mapping.