News: Environment Institute

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

News biodiversity

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

Snapper image

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

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Why we're watching the giant Australian cuttlefish

Juvenile giant Australian cuttlefish developing under rocks in the waters of South Australia. Fred Bavendam, Author provided

We're spying on hundreds, even thousands of tentacled organisms with their unusual distinctive W-shaped eye pupils, and pulsating colours.

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Plant fossils show the Snowy Mountains were once a lush rainforest

Lilly Pilly or Syzygium smithii growing in forest at Nymboida National Park

Lilly Pilly fossils found in old gold mines of the Snowy Mountains, prove the region was once a lush rainforest without snow.

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Researchers discover some fish species might actually benefit from climate change

A damselfish at the volcanic seep in New Zealand.

Research on damselfish living in high CO2 conditions shows that some populations of fish species might actually benefit from climate change.

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Scientists dive deep to save sinking oyster population

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School of Biological Sciences and Environment Institute researchers are involved in Australia’s largest ever oyster reef restoration project.

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