The JCU Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainable Science (TESS) represents a cluster of world-class researchers and research students with common interests in the environment and sustainability, with emphasis on the tropics. There are many opportunities to learn with TESS researchers at undergraduate level and study for post-graduate coursework and research degrees at Masters and PhD levels as part of TESS. Students come from all over the world to take advantage of the opportunities provided by JCU’s unique location—in the tropics, in Australia, between reef and rainforest.
The mission of TESS is to promote cutting-edge ecological and environmental research in the tropics, and the wise management, conservation and sustainable use of tropical terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, in Australia and internationally.
Students come from all over the world to study with world leading researchers in this unique location situated between the tropical rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Nowhere else is it possible to visit reef, rainforest and savannah in a single day and return to world-class laboratory facilities in a vibrant and attractive tropical city. And TESS researchers are truly international—they work in more than 40 tropical nations around the world!
- Daintree Rainforest Observatory
- Orpheus Island Research Station
- Fletcherview Research Station
- Cloncurry Research Station
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network FNQ Supersite
- Australian Tropical Herbarium
Tropical Australia is resource-rich, ecologically fragile and infrastructure-poor, and is undergoing unprecedented growth and development. It is a national priority to develop growth strategies that are ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. TESS is taking a leading role in developing, implementing and exporting solutions for the environmental and sustainability issues faced by Australia and the rapidly developing tropical world.