Issue 254

close up of white bird with orange beak

The Australian National Wildlife Collection holds a significant collection of fauna and flora of New Guinea and the Pacific islands, critical to understanding the evolution of species in Australia and the wider Pacific. The Collection now includes bird specimens from New Caledonia, including the iconic Kagu.

equipment being winched out of ocean

New camera technology that can withstand enormous water pressure in the deep oceans, and navigate the steep, rugged and rocky terrain of seamounts, is shining new light on deep-sea biodiversity.

bacteria filaments under the microscope

Our planet’s past wouldn’t be the same if not for cyanobacteria. CSIRO is collecting diverse microbes like these to secure our globe’s future.