Arid springs: the hidden evolutionary cradles of Outback Australia
At the Edgbaston springs in Central Queensland, a precarious ecosystem unknown to science until 25 years ago, scientists are uncovering a treasure trove of species found nowhere else on the planet. Together with the springs ecosystems in other arid areas of the Great Artesian Basin, these species are revealing a fascinating evolutionary tale.
Maybe we can, but should we? Deciding whether to bring back extinct species
De-extinction is closer to reality than you think. 'Decision science' can help examine the feasibility of bringing species back and likely impact on existing environmental and species management programs, and help answer those nagging questions: 'Because we can, does it mean we should?', and 'what happens if we do?'
Legumes’ microbe relationships hold them back from travelling the globe
Have you, or someone you know, ever wanted to travel the world or move somewhere different but couldn't because of family commitments or a relationship? It appears that for legumes too, close relationships hold them back from spreading about the globe.
A snapshot of Australia’s biodiversity
Biodiversity is a key part of our national identity. Here is a snapshot, in snapshots, of Australia's diverse animal world from the 2016 State of the Environment Report.
State of the Environment: Land
A stronger national approach to land use and sustainability has developed since the last State of the Environment Report. Read highlights from the latest report on the state of the Australian continent.
There’s a proliferation of new marine species in WA – how to name them?
He’s the new buzz word in binomial nomenclature with three species named after him. It’s a result of survey work being done in north-western Australia, and genetic testing, that’s revealing a wealth of new marine species.
Feral animals are running amok on Australia’s islands – here’s how to stop them
More than 1000 islands and 1200 threatened species. Which feral animals do you decide to focus on to provide the greatest benefit to island species?
Wired woodlands signal stress as climate dries
Nowhere else in the world supports trees 20m tall at such low rainfall. Intensive scientific monitoring is tracking by the second their struggle for survival.