The High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Dr. A.M. Gondane, led a wide-ranging and thought-provoking set of discussions at the India-Australia Roundtable on Climate Smart Agriculture for Improving Livelihoods Forum held at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment...
Launched at Customs House in Sydney on Wednesday 28 February 2018, the new Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub serves as a collaborative union between four major universities including Western Sydney University, NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage (OEH), and other state government and industry partners.
New research shows that elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) causes significant changes in the diversity of grasses in the forest understorey.
2017 John Cairney Award for Outstanding Student Publication
27th February 2017
This award is given annually to a published student paper that is chosen as the best publication of the HIE HDR cohort in one year.
The award is in memoriam of Professor John Cairney who was Director of the Centre for Plants and the Environment, the predecessor of our HIE; John sadly parted from us far too early. He is remembered as a great mentor and advisor of young researchers, and always placed a strong emphasis on publishing high quality papers with postgraduate students.
The 2017 John Cairney Award for Outstanding Student Publication goes to Sarah Facey’s article which appeared in the February 2017 issue of Agricultural and Forest Entomology. Congratulations Sarah, well done! (Facey SL, Fidler DB, Rowe RC, Bromfield LM, Nooten SS, Staley JT, Ellsworth DS, Johnson SN, (2017) 'Atmospheric change causes declines in woodland arthropods and impacts specific trophic groups', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol.19, no.1, pp 101-112).
Selecting Red Gums for a warmer, drier Australia of the future and much more...
2018 QS University Rankings
The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:
Academic peer review
Citations per faculty
International student ratio
A measurement of the diversity of the student community
International staff ratio
Global Rankings And Research Quality
Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research was rated at 5 Stars for Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences by the 2015 Excellence In Research Australia rankings conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Western Sydney University is ranked among the top 20 Australian universities for achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants. Nearly a third of the University's ARC grant income is achieved by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Find out more...
Our Soil Biology and Genomics theme focuses on how environmental change influences the amazing diversity of life in soils, including its fungi, bacteria and animals... Read more about Soil Biology And Genomics