The humble but prolific house mouse on a remote Western Australian island might serve a crucial purpose for scientists investigating the potential of gene modification as an environmental control for conservation. Community values – as well as science – will determine what’s both possible and acceptable.
A special issue of Pacific Conservation Biology celebrates women working in conservation science in Australia.
They’re elusive, whale sharks, so we’re keeping an eye on them using satellite tracking to see how far they travel and, in a world first, taking DNA samples to see just how old they are. Here they are on Ningaloo reef.
Climbing up an 80 m tower is all in a day’s work for some scientists. Read how they’ve been watching over Australia’s defining flora – eucalypts – as part of our land ecosystem observatory.
Timm Döbert spent three years working towards his PhD based in a research camp in Borneo’s lowland rainforests. It was a chance to study close at hand the human impact on a diverse ecosystem – and a privileged opportunity to marvel at the diversity of life on Earth. It’s also a photographer’s paradise. He and colleagues have shared with us some of their favourite images.
Indigenous and western systems of knowledge are working hand-in-hand to heal and sustain Djandak – the land – and Jaara – the people – in Victoria’s Dja Dja Wurrung Country.
At the Edgbaston springs in Central Queensland, a precarious ecosystem unknown to science until 25 years ago, scientists are uncovering a treasure trove of species found nowhere else on the planet. Together with the springs ecosystems in other arid areas of the Great Artesian Basin, these species are revealing a fascinating evolutionary tale.
De-extinction is closer to reality than you think. ‘Decision science’ can help examine the feasibility of bringing species back and likely impact on existing environmental and species management programs, and help answer those nagging questions: ‘Because we can, does it mean we should?’, and ‘what happens if we do?’
Have you, or someone you know, ever wanted to travel the world or move somewhere different but couldn’t because of family commitments or a relationship? It appears that for legumes too, close relationships hold them back from spreading about the globe.