Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

60 15.10

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 30 8.79
Life Sciences 16 3.02
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.41
Physical Sciences 22 4.99

Highlight of the month

Sea slugs show that tastes can be deceptive

© Ethan Daniels/Stocktrek Images/Getty

© Ethan Daniels/Stocktrek Images/Getty

Many poisonous animals sport colourful skin patterns, which predators learn to avoid after experiencing the poisonous prey’s nasty taste. As such, toxicity and taste were thought to be related. But researchers have now found that the palatability of sea slugs might not betray how dangerous they are to potential predators.

A team, including researchers from Deakin University, studied the genetics of several species of red spotted sea slug, some of which were toxic. Despite their similar skin patterns, they were not all members of the same family; some merely mimicked the toxic slugs.

The team analysed tissue samples from each species and found they contained different defensive chemicals at different strengths. When they fed extracts of each species to shrimp, they found that, although some slugs were more toxic to shrimp than others, they were all similarly unpalatable.

Future studies of mimicry among animals with chemical defences should more carefully distinguish between taste and toxicity to ensure all potential defence techniques are tested.

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  1. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285, 20180457 (2018). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0457

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Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Global sea turtle conservation successes

Science Advances


Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 52.38% Domestic
  • 47.62% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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