Understanding ecosystem response to water management in the Murray-Darling Basin
While knowledge of water availability is key to managing Murray-Darling Basin water resources, a commensurate understanding of ecosystem ecological response to flow regulation is also required to aid environmental management.
It’s funny to name species after celebrities, but there’s a serious side too
Scientists have been naming species after well-known people since the 18th century, often in a bid for publicity. But the issue deserves attention - some 400,000 Australian species are yet to be described.
The story of Australian waterbirds – the length and breadth of the Murray-Darling Basin
Elvis, Eric, Gracy - these ibis and spoonbill are telling their own journeying stories thanks to satellite tracking. Along with scientists on the ground monitoring populations and their movements, research will help drive effective environmental water management decisions.
Delivering flows to help native fish thrive again
Computer models will inform the delivery of Murray-Darling environmental waters to restore the flows that support thriving native fish populations.
Digitising our biological collections
Three quarters of the species that live in Australia don’t exist anywhere else in the world. We're digitisation our collections to make the data easily available to have bigger impacts in areas like conservation, biosecurity and climate change.
Sharks and rays of PNG
A new field guide to the sharks and rays of Papua New Guinea is supporting sustainable use of its shark and ray resources.
Celebrating our flowering giants
Climbing up an 80 m tower is all in a day's work for some scientists. Read how they've been watching over Australia's defining flora - eucalypts - as part of our land ecosystem observatory.
Celebration of life in the forests of Borneo
Timm Döbert spent three years working towards his PhD based in a research camp in Borneo’s lowland rainforests. It was a chance to study close at hand the human impact on a diverse ecosystem – and a privileged opportunity to marvel at the diversity of life on Earth. It’s also a photographer’s paradise. He and colleagues have shared with us some of their favourite images.
Taking a responsible approach to new genetic technologies for conservation
With rats and mice driving sea birds and other animals on remote islands to extinction, scientists and environmental managers are now turning their attention to new genetic technologies that could offer more targeted solutions than traditional baiting programs. Risk analysis and responsible research is front and centre in the discussion.