Australia’s most difficult and costly biosecurity challenge
An increase in the number of fatal shark attacks in recent years has seen renewed interest in technologies that deter sharks from interacting too closely with humans. Surfers are at the greatest risk of shark attack and by developing novel technologies to deter sharks Hart is hopeful his team can save lives.
Human sewage disposal in Antarctica presents a risk of introducing non-native bacterial species, specifically E. coli, into endemic Antarctic wildlife, potentially affecting its diversity and evolution.
Do bees like the taste of nectar? Does the ant foraging for your crumbs feel better when she finds one?
Are insects merely tiny robots?
Honey bee colonies are dying more often and more quickly. We urgently need to understand why, and how to prevent it.
Australia has three native species of rice all growing in the tropics and savannah. These wild relative grow in highly arid and highly variable seasonal conditions that will characterise future climate regimes around the world.
Modelling ecological phenomena on the basis of energy and materials available in the environment provides a deeper understanding of the environmental constraints to life. Reef fishes represent the most species-rich group of vetebrates and occupy diverse habitats that vary substantially in temperature across the globe.
Dr Leanne Armand (Dept. Biological Sciences) and A/Prof. Kelsie Dadd (Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences) have just returned from the East Coast of Tasmania where they participated on a 5 day “Geosciences” trial voyage on the new Marine National Facility.
Dr Elizabeth Madin recently co-coordinated a research trip to Heron Island. The trip looked at low-cost, waterproof drones, field trials of a new Underwater Street View method, and the role of predators in influencing ‘blue carbon’.
Coral reefs worldwide are threatened by many impacts. Many are large, remote, and difficult to monitor, limiting our ability to assess reef health. By integrating remote sensing technology with behavioural theory, Dr Elizabeth Madin is developing a novel method of using satellite imagery to remotely monitor reef health.