Rob has pioneered a new collaborative approach to measuring how large marine vertebrates (seals, sharks, fish, seabirds) and invertebrates (lobster, cephalopods) utilise our coasts and oceans.
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.
The River Styles® Framework
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.
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.
An ARC Laureate Fellow, Distinguished Professor of Biology and leader of the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre, Mark Westoby is a pioneer of ‘trait-based ecology’
Professor Simon Turner is driven by his passion and curiosity to solve fundamental problems in the earth sciences, he is world renowned and has made major contributions to the earth sciences field of 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.
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.