Tag Archives: Secure Planet

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.

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

Humanity’s growing demand for protein has led to substantial pressure on oceanic ecosystems. Harvesting of predatory fish by industrial fishing techniques has lowered populations to less than 10% of their historic numbers. Sharks are especially vulnerable due to their low reproductive rates and delayed maturity. Their importance in marine ecosystems has led to considerable resources being directed towards their management and conservation.

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.

Science - Planetary Nebulae

Planetary nebulae

Planetary nebulae are enigmatic and photogenic celestial objects, but they have nothing to do with planets. They are the glowing shrouds of dying stars and extremely powerful astrophysical tools. They offer a brief window into the soul of most star’s lives.