Biodiversity

A woodland landscape photo

For the first time, the five-yearly State of the Environment Report includes an entire Indigenous-led theme, Indigenous co-lead authors on most chapters, and Indigenous-specific case studies.

Two colourful birds on a twig

With the release of the latest scientific report card on the state of Australia’s environment, we look at the underpinning science tools that have enabled the assessment, and how they can support our environmental restoration efforts.

Scalloped hammerheads occur in tropical and temperate oceans around the world, but are their populations connected? A new genetic study using whole genome methods has found out.

Brolga - large grey crane walking on pink vegetation

Northern Australia is home to a diverse and unique range of waterbirds. Scientists have created four functional groups of waterbirds, helping decision makers better understand the potential impacts of water and agricultural development in the north.

Drone shot of river system with mangroves. blue skies.

We’ve used a novel ecosystem modelling approach to demonstrate how river flows are the lifeblood of marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Close up of two hornworts, one growing flat along the ground, the only spikey.

Thanks to high rainfall and the keen eyes of two citizen scientists, Australia has three newly recognised species of hornworts.

Close up of an echidna in a landscape of short grass.

You might not be living in a biodiversity hotspot, but the plants, animals and fungi around you matter! By recording them, you can contribute to citizen science.

Two seabirds flying in a blue sky.

Scientists on research vessel Investigator are tackling the challenge of studying seabirds that spend much of their life at sea.

At the edge of Australia’s continental shelf, in the Timor Sea, you’ll find Ashmore Reef Marine Park. 630 km north of Broome in Western Australia, it’s one of our most remote marine parks. We were part of the area's most comprehensive 'health checks'.