News: Environment Institute

Drones helping Australian sea lion survival

Australian sea lions are in trouble. Their population has never recovered from the impact of the commercial sealing that occurred mainly in the 19th century.

Australian sea lions are in trouble. Scientists are using drones to investigate the health of these animals.

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Biodiverse soil dust linked to reduced anxiety

Naturally-diverse airborne environmental microbial exposures modulate the gut microbiome and may provide anxiolytic benefits in mice

Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits, including for mental health.

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Urban rewilding paper wins Bradshaw Medal

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A research paper that recommends increasing urban green spaces to prevent human disease, has won a significant award in its field.

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A shore future for our coastal vegetation

Nicole Foster PhD coastal vegetation research

Researchers are using new ways to gain genetic information from ocean sediment to determine the past and future survival of our coastal vegetation.

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When pets become pests: the exotic pet trade producing invasive species

Exotic pets like these, on display at the 2018 Repticon in West Palm Beach, can escape and form invasive communities. Photo courtesy of Adam Toomes

Scientists are learning more about what drives the exotic pet trade to help reduce the threat of new invasive animal and bird species.

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Higher biodiversity means healthier humans

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Scientists find restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’.

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Uncovering long-term growth histories in fishery species

Fishery growth research by Jasmin Martino

Jasmin Martino investigates the use of ear stone chronologies for understanding long-term trends and drivers of growth in fisheries.

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Urban biodiversity to lower chronic disease

Urban rewilding

Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health.

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The secret lives of fish

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Biologists need a careful understanding of population characteristics and dynamics to sustainably manage wild fish.

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