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.
Kakadu’s fresh water wetlands will be transformed if they become inundated with saltwater due to sea level rise.
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.