On the farm, the negative impact to beneficial insects can sometimes negate the positive effects of insecticides. But there’s a lack of research quantifying non-target impacts of one particular group, neonicotinoids.
Scientists take a close look at what’s behind low-oxygen levels under salmon farms in Tasmania’s Macquarie Harbour.
An estimated 14 million people die from infectious diseases each year. A key link in the chain of infection is deforestation and increased contact between wild animals and humans. If we’re to control the spread of disease, we need to be better at predicting outbreaks.
While knowledge of water availability is key to managing Murray-Darling Basin water resources, a commensurate understanding of ecosystem ecological response to flow regulation is also required to aid environmental management.
Elvis, Eric, Gracy – these ibis and spoonbill are telling their own journeying stories thanks to satellite tracking. Along with scientists on the ground monitoring populations and their movements, research will help drive effective environmental water management decisions.
Understanding human impact on the water cycle is a tricky business – one clue is to be found in evapotranspiration. Novel use of satellite data is helping us measure something we can’t see.
Three quarters of the species that live in Australia don’t exist anywhere else in the world. We’re digitisation our collections to make the data easily available to have bigger impacts in areas like conservation, biosecurity and climate change.
For the first time, scientists have quantified how much water trees on the Murray-Darling floodplain need, and when they need it. The results show that we cannot tell the health of a tree just by looking at its canopy—we need to look inside the tree.
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.