Tag Archives: Biological Sciences

Photo: P. Harmsen, MNF 2015

Trialling the new Marine National Facility

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.

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Science & Engineering (2014 Award Winner)

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.

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Science & Engineering (Highly Commended 2014)

The Earth’s climate has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, with even larger changes expected in the near future. Such changes greatly impact the global ecosystems on which we depend. In order to better understand those impacts, scientists are collecting unprecedented amounts of data on ecosystem health and function.

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Science & Engineering (Highly Commended 2014)

Providing normal social interactions for many animals kept in captivity is extremely challenging. For Asian elephants, social media creates virtual herds that allow females at distant zoos to communicate.

Excellence in Research – Science & Engineering (Highly Commended 2014)

How do honey bees think? We discovered remarkable similarities between how bees and humans make choices, and the cognitive processes they use when making decisions. We modelled these thought processes in the known circuitry of the bee brain. Our research is revealing the cognitive abilities of animals, how brains operate, and establishing models of how simple brains work. This is laying the foundations for understanding the far more complex human brain.

Excellence in Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2011 Highly Commended)

The evolution of hand preferences in Australian Parrots research shows that parrots show very strong population level hand preferences similar to those seen in humans but great variability exists between and within species.

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Photo: Chris Stacey

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes

Over the past 20 years Professor Lesley Hughes has established an international reputation as a pioneer in the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity. This research has had a substantial influence on reshaping conservation policy in Australia and internationally.

Science - Lungfish Research(2)

Lungfish research

Lungfish are considered the living fossil of the vertebrate world. Understanding the biology of lungfish contributes enormously to our understanding of vertebrate evolution. Professor Jean Joss has established the hormonal and genetic basis of development in the Australian Lungfish.