Alpine Ecology

Are you passionate about the natural world?  Committed to the environment and sustainability for the future? These are key reasons why you should consider studying with the Department of Environment and Genetics at La Trobe University.

Our department assembles scientists working across ecology, evolution, biodiversity, botany, zoology, genetics and environmental science. Our work is strongly grounded in empirical enquiry and asks fundamental and applied questions, using a diversity of organisms ranging from microbes to plants and charismatic megafauna. Our research strongly influences our teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We teach over 3000 undergraduate students in 32 subjects, and are currently training 60 postgraduate research students.

Field trips

A highlight of undergraduate teaching in the Department are a variety of dedicated field courses run throughout the year, from the Australian alps to the tropics. We train students in field techniques and research skills in ecology, botany, zoology, and environmental science.


Students completing honours will enrol with the School of Agriculture, Biomedicine and Environment. They can study in a variety of specialisations including botany, genetics, zoology, ecology, and environmental science, or undertake research in a multidisciplinary field. Find out more about our honours program or download the Honours Projects booklet for 2023 (pdf).

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate degrees are available in the fields of botany, zoology, genetics, ecology, evolution and environmental science.

Students considering postgraduate studies are encouraged to discuss their ideas with research supervisors directly. Meet some of our postgraduate students here.