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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious issues facing medicine in the 21st century. Resistance genes are often spread by integrons, but where do integrons come from? Michael Gillings and Hatch Stokes lead a research team investigating this question.