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Avoiding environmental decisions where good intentions have bad outcomes

Avoiding environmental decisions where good intentions have bad outcomes

How can communityvalues be included in environmental management decisions? In a new University of Queensland-led study, Dr Elizabeth Law and colleagues from UQ’s

Sowing new seeds of knowledge

Sowing new seeds of knowledge

Step into the colourful world of UQ's Dr John Dwyer

Australian study uses new technique to challenge brain development hypothesis

Australian study uses new technique to challenge brain development hypothesis

A new study involving The University of Queensland, which might be useful for biomedical research, re-writes parts of the rulebook on how mammalian b...

Species on the Move team wins $20,000 national Peer Prize for Women in Science

Species on the Move team wins $20,000 national Peer Prize for Women in Science

University of Queensland researcher Dr Justine Shaw is on a roll this week, winning a national award and h...

Into Hot Water

Into Hot Water

This episode tells the timely story of a scientist’s passion and determination to save some of the world’s great coral reefs from extinction.

Three rising stars join ARC College of Experts

Three rising stars join ARC College of Experts

BIOL researcher joins ARC College of Experts

 World’s largest coral study shows that choosing the right partner means life or death

World’s largest coral study shows that choosing the right partner means life or death

The world’s largest study of a single coral species   has found that choosing the right partner could mean the difference between survival and death for certain coral species. The findings of the international study which ...

Overgrazing by warm water fish contributes to destruction of underwater kelp forests

Overgrazing by warm water fish contributes to destruction of underwater kelp forests

Increasingly voracious Seaweed-eating fish are responsible for the recent destruction of kelp forests off the NSW north coast near Coffs Harbour, a study involving University of Queensland researchers shows. The study includes an analysis ...

UQ scientist picks up Academy of Science award

UQ scientist picks up Academy of Science award

Queensland conservation biologist Kerrie Wilson is a star in her field, and last night she was recognised with a medal to prove it.

Accelerated level of climate change impacting ecological processes

Accelerated level of climate change impacting ecological processes

Every aspect of life on Earth has already been impacted by global changes in temperature from human-induced climate change according to a new international study involving researchers from The University of Queensland.

Shuffling genes to create new species explained in mathematical model

Shuffling genes to create new species explained in mathematical model

Darwin called it “that mystery of mysteries”, or how organisms evolve to become new species. 

Study highlights dilemmas in conservation decisions

Study highlights dilemmas in conservation decisions

It should always be ethically difficult to sacrifice the hope of saving threatened animal and plant species to better protect the "greater good", according to a new Australian study.

Digging habits of the echidna unearthed

Digging habits of the echidna unearthed

Short-beaked echidnas could be responsible for aerating up to 200 cubic metres of soil each year – a function critical for soil nutrition, according to a new study involving University of Queensland researchers. ...

Conservation scientist receives honour from PM

Conservation scientist receives honour from PM

The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson has been awarded one of this year's Prime Minister's Prizes for Science – the Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

UQ environmental researcher selected for prestigious German government program

UQ environmental researcher selected for prestigious German government program

 A University of Queensland researcher who is pioneering new methods to evaluate trade-offs in environmental policies has been selected into the German Government’s Green Talents program.  Recent University of Queensland Sc...

Rising world temperatures pose serious risk to eucalypts

Rising world temperatures pose serious risk to eucalypts

Australia’s iconic eucalypt trees could be in decline within one generation, according to new international research involving a University of Queensland researcher. The findings, published in the journal

Advances in science help industry produce better quality pearls

Advances in science help industry produce better quality pearls

The next time you see catwalk or magazine models sporting magnificent South Sea pearls, it’s possible that their jewellery may have benefited from a unique industry-university collaboration. The 10-year partnership between The Univer...

Scholarship winners will explore land and sea at Moreton Bay Research Station

Scholarship winners will explore land and sea at Moreton Bay Research Station

Groundwater systems and little-known fish parasites will be investigated thanks to two new University of Queensland Moreton Bay Res...

 Innovative blood facility enables global disease research

Innovative blood facility enables global disease research

A new facility in The School of Biological Sciences  will  investigate  major global diseases and al...

Shocking discovery: Brisbane River catfish breaks world record

Shocking discovery: Brisbane River catfish breaks world record

University of Queensland researchers believe that water quality might play a role in a Brisbane River catfish becoming a world record holder in an electrifying field. The catfish &ndash...

Measuring impact of Kenya’s ivory burning urgent say UQ scientists

Measuring impact of Kenya’s ivory burning urgent say UQ scientists

Gathering evidence on the impact of Kenya’s record-breaking ivory burn on elephant conservation should be an urgent p...

Coral death toll climbs on Great Barrier Reef

Coral death toll climbs on Great Barrier Reef

Mass bleaching has killed 35 per cent of corals on the northern and central Great Barrier Reef according to research conducted by Australian coral reef scientists. After months of intensive aerial and underwater surveys, researchers from ...

CEED Director joins National Academy of Sciences

CEED Director joins National Academy of Sciences

CEED director Hugh Possingham has received formal recognition for his contribution to original research, elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy of Sciences alongside a small cohort of distingui...

Research branches into genes responsible for better plant yields

Research branches into genes responsible for better plant yields

A sustainable increase in worldwide crop yields could flow from a new discovery about a plant hormone, led by researchers at The University of Queensland. Professor Christine Beveridge...

Four BIOL staff awarded UQ fellowships

Four BIOL staff awarded UQ fellowships

Evolution in mammals, biological mutations, plant growth and ageing are among topics to be studied in four prestigious UQ fellowships awarded to

Shorebird conservation plan draws on UQ research

Shorebird conservation plan draws on UQ research

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews have launched the Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan, informed heavily by University of Queensland research (with many other collaborating organisations...

BIOL researchers celebrate success in ARC Linkage Projects round

BIOL researchers celebrate success in ARC Linkage Projects round

School of Biological Sciences researchers will join with industry partners on projects involving marine reserves and metal contamination in mammals in the latest

UQ still Australia’s number one in Nature Index, with Science researchers featured

UQ still Australia’s number one in Nature Index, with Science researchers featured

The University of Queensland is again Australia’s highest-ranking institution on the Nature Index, further strengthening its

Clever fish avoid being caught in angling hotspots

Clever fish avoid being caught in angling hotspots

fish learn to avoid hooks that are a risk for their size

Protecting migratory birds when our beaches have gone to the dogs

Protecting migratory birds when our beaches have gone to the dogs

land-use zoning as a possible effective solution

Corals most important for building reefs are now in sharp decline

Corals most important for building reefs are now in sharp decline

corals responsible for establishing today’s reefs are now some of the most threatened coral species

UQ scientist to lead global conservation efforts

UQ scientist to lead global conservation efforts

University of Queensland scientist Professor Hugh Possingham has been appointed as the Chief Scientist with the Nature Conservancy, the World’s largest conservation program. Professor Possingham’s latest honour comes on top of his rece...

Newly funded UQ project aims to help in managing Great Barrier Reef

Newly funded UQ project aims to help in managing Great Barrier Reef

New maps identifying sections of the Great Barrier where management actions are more likely to help maintaining the reef ecological integrity are expected to result from a State Government-funded fellowship to a University of Queensland (U...

New book focuses on the most prolific creatures on our planet

New book focuses on the most prolific creatures on our planet

What’s the deadliest insect in the world?  How long do butterflies live?  What’s that bug leaving strange lumps and bumps on my wattle tree? What has been laying eggs on the eaves of my house? These are some of the...

Sudden ban on fish throwbacks could harm ecosystems - researchers

Sudden ban on fish throwbacks could harm ecosystems - researchers

 Sea birds, dolphins, crabs and sharks are among the species that could suffer if commercial fishers abruptly stopped discarding their unwanted catches, research shows. 

New framework unlocks secret life of plants, with land management to benefit

New framework unlocks secret life of plants, with land management to benefit

 Efforts to control invasive plant species and to help plants withstand extreme events could be boosted by a new international study led by researchers from The University of Queensland.   The research team has develo...

Hot water puts crocs at risk

Hot water puts crocs at risk

 Australia’s saltwater crocodiles appear to be in hot water, with a University of Queensland study linking climate warming to shorter dives, putting the crocs’ survival at risk.   Professor Craig Franklin ...

‘Like second-hand smoke’: Worst emitters least affected by climate change

‘Like second-hand smoke’: Worst emitters least affected by climate change

Global climate change resembles a room of second-hand smoke, new research has found, with countries emitting the least amount of gasses suffering the most.   The study by The University of Queensland and the

Small but deadly: The chemical warfare of sea slugs

Small but deadly: The chemical warfare of sea slugs

 Brightly coloured sea slugs are slurping deadly chemicals and stockpiling the most toxic compounds for use on their enemies.   While the phenomenon sounds like the stuff of horror films, it is common practice for the...

Decisions to conserve food webs – Google, AI and the web of life

Decisions to conserve food webs – Google, AI and the web of life

Food webs are a core part of biology – we start learning about them in primary school (this eats this, which eats that, and this is the apex predator and so forth, with lots of lines between species forming the ‘web’). Th...

Study gets an earful of how mammals developed hearing

Study gets an earful of how mammals developed hearing

An international study led by University of Queensland researchers has challenged a long-held idea about how mammals evolved more sensitive hearing than reptiles.

Five Fellows show the way of the future

Five Fellows show the way of the future

Congratulations to the School of Biological Science's Associate Professor Robbie Wilson, recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship.

Canadian university honours Biol Sciences researcher

Canadian university honours Biol Sciences researcher

  ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Hugh Possingham of the UQ Schools of Biological Sciences and Mathematics and Physics has received a further international honour.   Each year the University of British C...

National sustainability student conference provides important forum

National sustainability student conference provides important forum

Bias within international conservation literature has been shown to obstruct effective practice, according to new University of Queensland (UQ) research presented at a  national conference. Presenting at the Students for Sustainability ...

UQ graduate’s forensic expertise assists in regulating illegal trade in listed shark species

UQ graduate’s forensic expertise assists in regulating illegal trade in listed shark species

Seattle-based UQ School of Biological Sciences PhD graduate Dr Jenny Giles is a shark biologist and forensic specialist based at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service forensic laboratory. In he...

BIOL researchers share in funding success

BIOL researchers share in funding success

A diverse range of projects from researchers in UQ School of Biological Sciences researchers has attracted combined funding of $2,751,612 in the latest Australian Research Council (A...

Hostile shores

Hostile shores

Migratory birds are approaching extinction as the critical Yellow Sea habitat dwindles. Science Magazine features Fuller Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow Jimmy Choi, and maps from Dr Nick Murray’s UQ PhD paper.

Science, framed through an artist’s lens

Science, framed through an artist’s lens

The delicate, yet diverse landscape of Queensland’s Idalia National Park inspired Carol McGregor’s latest exhibition, Idalia Imprints, recently displayed at The University of Queensland. The Brisbane-based artist visited the regi...

Research Station delivers unique science experience for island guests

Research Station delivers unique science experience for island guests

More than 200 guests at the Heron Island Resort had an up close and personal research experience at The University of Queensland’s Heron Island Research Station Open Day on September 23.

Antarctica’s delicate ecosystem on thin ice

Antarctica’s delicate ecosystem on thin ice

Antarctica is a fragile ecosystem and the threats it faces are all a consequence of human activity, according to a University of Queensland scientist who has made more than 20 trips to the continent.

Counting underwater vital for marine conservation

Counting underwater vital for marine conservation

Understanding how genetic diversity occurs within species is paramount for conservation, according to University of Queensland scientists.

Crocs suffer in competition with humans

Crocs suffer in competition with humans

Many of the world’s 27 species of crocodylians will soon be either totally or locally extinct due to human population expansion and intensive land-use, according to a University of Queensland researcher.

World’s turtles face plastic deluge danger

World’s turtles face plastic deluge danger

An international study led by a University of Queensland researcher has revealed more than half the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish.

Size matters when crocs are on the move

Size matters when crocs are on the move

Crocodiles turning up in populated areas like Darwin Harbour or on east coast beaches can cause problems, but a long-term University of Queensland study is shedding light on which crocodiles travel and why.

Don’t fall off! The delicate balance of outrunning a predator

Don’t fall off! The delicate balance of outrunning a predator

PhD candidate Rebecca Wheatley on The Conversation.

Fishy business: Cleaners with happy clients

Fishy business: Cleaners with happy clients

UQ School of Biological Sciences postgraduate student Derek Sun has discovered that the presence of the bluestreak cleaner wrasse increases the number of juvenile fish on reefs.

Deadly jellyfish

Deadly jellyfish "milked" to save lives

Associate Professor Bryan Fry has developed a new technique for ‘milking’ box jellyfish to extract deadly venom for development into lifesaving drugs.

Protecting Australia’s Lake Eyre basin means getting our priorities right

Protecting Australia’s Lake Eyre basin means getting our priorities right

Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Ramona Maggini discuss protecting the Lake Eyre basin on The Conversation.

Hiding in plain sight – a new species discovered in South East Queensland

Hiding in plain sight – a new species discovered in South East Queensland

UQ School of Biological Sciences Honours graduate Thomas Semple has identified a previously unknown species of insect living within reach of Australian suburbia.

Natural selection in black and white: how industrial pollution changed moths

Natural selection in black and white: how industrial pollution changed moths

The peppered moth will always hold a special place in the annals of evolutionary biology. Its story is a classic example of natural selection, and of how animals can act as indicators of environmental change, says Dr William Feeney on The Conversation.

Biological Sciences researchers in two successful ARC Linkage Projects

Biological Sciences researchers in two successful ARC Linkage Projects

Shorebirds, renewable fuels and fisheries will all benefit from successful bids by UQ Faculty of Science researchers in the latest round of ARC Linkage Project grants.

Why I Love: surrounding myself with venomous critters

Why I Love: surrounding myself with venomous critters

PhD candidate Timothy N. W. Jackson on The Conversation

Before we build Jurassic World we need to study recent extinctions

Before we build Jurassic World we need to study recent extinctions

Research Associate Tamara Fletcher and PhD candidate Caitlin Syme discuss de-extinction.

Meet the Australian wildlife most threatened by climate change

Meet the Australian wildlife most threatened by climate change

Jasmine Lee, Ramona Maggini and Richard Fuller discuss Australian species threatened by climate change on The Conversation.

AAS Fellowship honours researcher’s contribution to plant knowledge

AAS Fellowship honours researcher’s contribution to plant knowledge

Professor Christine Beveridge is one of five University of Queensland academics recognised with a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.

Climate engineering ‘might save coral reefs’

Climate engineering ‘might save coral reefs’

Climate geoengineering may be the only way to save coral reefs from destructive mass bleaching, according to new research by UQ’s Professor Peter Mumby.

We need to get smarter to save shorebirds from rising seas

We need to get smarter to save shorebirds from rising seas

Shorebirds are highly threatened. For seven declining species on the flyway, populations have reduced by an average of 62% over the past 15 years, driven by habitat destruction, pollution and hunting. Now sea-level rise poses an even more uncertain future.

Egg-stealing goannas get GPS trackers

Egg-stealing goannas get GPS trackers

Dr David Booth and his research team are fitting goannas with GPS tracking devices in a search for ways to stop them devouring loggerhead turtle eggs.

Fossils reveal tropical marine ecosystems under threat

Fossils reveal tropical marine ecosystems under threat

An international scientific team has used a 23-million-year fossil record to calculate which marine animals and ecosystems are most at risk of extinction today.

Running faster equals disaster [VIDEO]

Running faster equals disaster [VIDEO]

A/Prof Robbie Wilson explains his research into quoll crashes during high speed cornering, which contributes to understanding the dynamics of animal movement.

PhD candidate Caitlin Syme talks taphonomy with Paleo Talks

PhD candidate Caitlin Syme talks taphonomy with Paleo Talks

In Conversation with Caitlin Syme on Taphonomy aka How Are Fossils Formed. This Paleo Talk comes directly to you from the 2014 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Tracking dinosaurs in the Kimberley

Tracking dinosaurs in the Kimberley

Dr Steve Salisbury is leading a team of students on a tracking expedition on the dinosaur coast.

Collaborative conservation can save Borneo billions

Collaborative conservation can save Borneo billions

Borneo can successfully meet conservation targets for protecting orangutan and elephant habitats if its three national jurisdictions work together, an international study has found.

Study vindicates the benefits of no-fishing zones on the Great Barrier Reef

Study vindicates the benefits of no-fishing zones on the Great Barrier Reef

Fishing is a major threat to the future health of the Great Barrier Reef, with many species of fish and other wildlife suffering substantial depletion, said John Pandolfi on The Conversation.

Dr Steve Salisbury discusses dinosaurs on ABC Radio

Dr Steve Salisbury discusses dinosaurs on ABC Radio

Dr Steve Salisbury talks about his dinosaur footprint field work in the Kimberley.

The dusky dottyback, a master of disguise in the animal world

The dusky dottyback, a master of disguise in the animal world

The cautionary tale of the wolf in sheep’s clothing warns that a familiar exterior can hide malicious intent. Like humans, other animals also deceive one another in this way. Dr Fabio Cortesi's new study in Current Biology reveals that the dusky dottyback fish, Pseudochromis fuscus, is a true master of disguise.

Dumping Abbot Point dredge spoil on land won’t save the reef

Dumping Abbot Point dredge spoil on land won’t save the reef

Dr Selina Ward writes for The Conversation about Queensland Labor’s new plan to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil on land.

Saving Barry the turtle is a group effort

Saving Barry the turtle is a group effort

The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station, the Quandamooka Rangers, Sea World, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service all worked together to save the 49cm turtle, who had a severe case of floating syndrome.

Few friends for shy kangaroos

Few friends for shy kangaroos

Kangaroo social networks could provide insight into the evolution of human personality differences.

Get involved in the Centre for Marine Science TalkFest

Get involved in the Centre for Marine Science TalkFest

The bi-annual conference, TalkFest, brings together marine researchers from across UQ, industry, and other institutions to share and discuss the latest topics in marine research.

Flock of bird boxes land at UQ

Flock of bird boxes land at UQ

The Biodiversity Research Group is using bird boxes located at UQ and other locations around South-East Queensland to investigate the interactions of native cavity-nesting birds with rival alien bird species.

Running faster equals disaster

Running faster equals disaster

Trading maximum speed for manoeuvrability may be essential to surviving a run-in with a predator, a new UQ study shows.

Reef named in honour of UQ marine scientist

Reef named in honour of UQ marine scientist

Respected marine scientist and former University of Queensland academic Dr Robert Endean has been posthumously honoured with the naming of the Bob Endean Reef off the Far North Queensland coast.

Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds

Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds

Dr John Pandolfi says there is some hope that all will not be lost for future coral reefs.

Bacteria study to help malaria fight

Bacteria study to help malaria fight

A UQ study into how bacteria interact with their insect hosts may lead to better prevention for diseases such as malaria and dengue.

Rapid climate change likely to challenge animal resilience

Rapid climate change likely to challenge animal resilience

Animals that regulate their body temperature through the external environment may be resilient to some climate change but not keep pace with rapid change, leading to potentially disastrous outcomes for biodiversity.

Release the sterile males: perfecting new controls for mosquito borne disease

Release the sterile males: perfecting new controls for mosquito borne disease

Dr Nigel Beebe, from The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences and CSIRO’s Biosecurity Flagship is leading a national and international consortium of scientists to develop new methods to reduce disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

The University of Queensland’s Dr Juan Ortiz, lead author on a study of the reef released today, said the research was the most detailed to date and the first to show definitively that the reef could be preserved if emissions were reduced, with visible benefits within 20 years.

Steve Irwin Memorial Lecture - Dr Hamish Campbell

Steve Irwin Memorial Lecture - Dr Hamish Campbell

Thursday 13th November 2014, 6-8pm, Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, Building #23, The University of Queensland, St Lucia

Celebrating Goodman Foundation support of marine science

Celebrating Goodman Foundation support of marine science

To celebrate and recognise the Goodman Foundation's generous annual support of marine research in Moreton Bay since 2011, the Centre for Marine Science hosted a special seminar on Thursday 16 October.

Monarch butterflies built for migration

Monarch butterflies built for migration

A gene responsible for building muscle tissue in monarch butterflies is the key to their annual mass migration, according to a study from an international team of researchers.

Great shorebird migration under threat - Dr Richard Fuller in The Sydney Morning Herald

Great shorebird migration under threat - Dr Richard Fuller in The Sydney Morning Herald

"There have been international migratory bird agreements in place since the 1970s, and yet habitat loss has been going on at more or less the same rate," Dr Fuller said.

Dr Kerrie Wilson scoops Scopus award

Dr Kerrie Wilson scoops Scopus award

Dr Kerrie Wilson has won the Scopus Life Sciences and Biological Sciences award for her research into habitat restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.

Art meets science in the Queensland outback

Art meets science in the Queensland outback

The untouched beauty of Queensland’s Idalia National Park has inspired a series of works by emerging artist Elisa Jane Carmichael, currently on display at The University of Queensland. The works are the result of an artist-in-residence program with UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, supported by the UQ Art Museum.

UQ strengthens ties with India

UQ strengthens ties with India

UQ and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) have signed an agreement to collaborate on issues of significant global concern, building on the success of projects such as the ‘Grand Challenge Priority Theme of Food Security’ headed jointly by UQ’s Associate Professor Gimme Walter and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s Professor Chandrasekaran Subramaniam.

Starfish spike on Great Barrier Reef [VIDEO]

Starfish spike on Great Barrier Reef [VIDEO]

Predicting the patterns of crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks is the focus of a UQ study that could be vital to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Playing God with species conservation - Professor Hugh Possingham in The Sydney Morning Herald

Playing God with species conservation - Professor Hugh Possingham in The Sydney Morning Herald

With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.

ARC Future Fellow success

ARC Future Fellow success

From constructing mathematical models aimed at shedding light into bacterial evolution to understanding human-induced environmental changes, researchers in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences have emerged as strong winners in the recent round o...

Huge insect diversity revealed by genetic technologies

Huge insect diversity revealed by genetic technologies

The diversity of plants, mammals and birds in Australia is well-known, but scientists have very little idea of how many hundreds of thousands of species of Australian insects exist. Researchers from the School of Biological Sciences are using DNA technology and chromosome analysis to tackle the difficult task of finding out just how many bugs are out there.

Ecosystems can have their fish, and we can eat them too

Ecosystems can have their fish, and we can eat them too

Tighter bag limits for fishermen have been identified as an important key to ocean ecosystem conservation.

Master of Conservation Biology graduates first cohort

Master of Conservation Biology graduates first cohort

The School of Biological Sciences has fare-welled the first cohort of the new Master of Conservation Biology program. The 16 graduates were presented with...

Global industries partner with UQ on diverse research projects

Global industries partner with UQ on diverse research projects

The University of Queensland and industry, business and community partners will collaborate on research projects worth more than $24 million, under the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage Projects grants.

A/Prof Bryan Fry at the Shine Dome 'Seeing the woods for the trees: understanding venom evolution as a guide for biodiscovery' [VIDEO]

A/Prof Bryan Fry at the Shine Dome 'Seeing the woods for the trees: understanding venom evolution as a guide for biodiscovery' [VIDEO]

Understanding the complex evolutionary mechanisms shaping different venom components is essential for the development of highly effective drugs. Dr Fry will discuss the potential to unravel the true biodiversity of toxins and provide invaluable information for drug design and development.

New species of fossilised wood found in Winton

New species of fossilised wood found in Winton

Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of fossilised wood in Winton, providing insight into dinosaur landscapes in central-western Queensland.

Anthony Romilio wins 2014 award for best student paper in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Anthony Romilio wins 2014 award for best student paper in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Congratulations to UQ Vertebrate Palaeontology & Biomechanics Lab PhD candidate Anthony Romilio for winning the prestigious 2014 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Protected areas failing vulnerable species, researchers say

Protected areas failing vulnerable species, researchers say

Future national park expansion should focus on land that is home to threatened species, rather than on land that is cheap to protect, researchers say.

Rooftop expansion adds new dimension to Heritage listed building

Rooftop expansion adds new dimension to Heritage listed building

A $14m rooftop extension to the Heritage listed Goddard Biological Sciences Building will provide a new home for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).

Which endangered Australian animals should we save? - Professor Hugh Possingham on 612 ABC

Which endangered Australian animals should we save? - Professor Hugh Possingham on 612 ABC

Australia has the most diverse range of endangered animals in the world, from Bilbies, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, right down to the dinosaur ant. But, we also have the highest animal extinction rate! Professor Hugh Possingham joined 612 ABC to discuss.

Frogs shed skin to rid disease

Frogs shed skin to rid disease

New infectious diseases emerging as a result of climate change may lead to further extinctions of frogs, the bio-indicators of environmental health, recent research has found. The University of Queensland investigated skin sloughing (shedding) in frogs as an immune defence mechanism, to better understand the role of the skin against infectious disease.

100 million year study shows a sheltered start breeds evolutionary success

100 million year study shows a sheltered start breeds evolutionary success

University of Queensland researchers who looked at species diversity patterns through fish family trees for the past 100 million years have found that parents who guarded their young were more likely to yield new species.

Live chat with dinosaur expert Dr Steve Salisbury - 3 June 2014

Live chat with dinosaur expert Dr Steve Salisbury - 3 June 2014

To help everyone learn more about these amazing beasts from the past, APN Australian Regional Media (ARM) is hosting a live chat with Queensland's own dinosaur expert, Dr Steve Salisbury, from 11am-12pm on Tuesday 3 June 2014.

Investigating animal pest invasions in Australia

Investigating animal pest invasions in Australia

Associate Professor Salit Kark’s Future Fellowship will allow her research team to build and analyse a comprehensive database of Australia’s alien invasive mammals and birds.

UQ School of Biological Sciences Artist In Residence program

UQ School of Biological Sciences Artist In Residence program

The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences and UQ Art Museum are launching two opportunities for emerging artists to engage with emerging environmental scientists.

Plant diversity down to birds and bees

Plant diversity down to birds and bees

Researchers at The University of Queensland (UQ) and The Australian National University investigated how interactions between Australian plants and their bird or bee pollinators have shaped the number of flowering plants we have today.

Temporary setback in the recovery of Palauan reefs following Typhoon Bopha

Temporary setback in the recovery of Palauan reefs following Typhoon Bopha

Researchers from UQ's Marine Spatial Ecology Lab have studied how a large bloom of seaweed that followed super-Typhoon Bopha affected coral recovery at Palau’s eastern reefs.

Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions

Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions

Declining coral reef health is threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the coastal tropics, according to a study by The University of Queensland.

Study brings greater clarity to sex roles

Study brings greater clarity to sex roles

Males stray and females are picky according to Bateman’s principles, a scientific theory about sexual competition among males and females. Bateman’s principles have often been challenged by researchers, but a new University of Queensland study has shown the principles to be correct, though somewhat overestimated.

Sugar responsible for shooting

Sugar responsible for shooting

A University of Queensland study has overturned the long-held belief that plant hormones control the shape of plant growth, and shown instead that this process starts with sugar.

UQ uses maths to prevent wildlife road deaths

UQ uses maths to prevent wildlife road deaths

University of Queensland researchers have developed a mathematical framework to reduce the chance of wildlife meeting a grisly end on the world’s roads.

School of Biological Sciences recognises highest-achieving undergraduate students of 2013

School of Biological Sciences recognises highest-achieving undergraduate students of 2013

The School of Biological Sciences recognised its highest-achieving undergraduate students of 2013 with an award ceremony on Friday 28 February.

De-extinction – Professor Hugh Possingham on Radio National

De-extinction – Professor Hugh Possingham on Radio National

A panel of experts discusses the science and ethics of bringing back extinct species.

Mystery of California’s killer rattlesnakes solved

Mystery of California’s killer rattlesnakes solved

A surge in snakebite deaths caused by one of North America’s most dangerous snakes has been baffling doctors, but new UQ research may hold the key to saving lives.

Rare free chance to dive into coral reef studies

Rare free chance to dive into coral reef studies

A free online course on tropical coastal ecosystems is now open to anyone with internet access and high school science knowledge. The University of Queensland's world-leading marine and ecology experts will offer the course from April 28 through edX.

Vintage venoms lose none of their bite

Vintage venoms lose none of their bite

Venoms stored for up to 80 years remain biologically active, new research shows. A University of Queensland professor says the venoms are a time-capsule of disappearing biodiversity and hold potential for the discovery of new medicines.

Rethink needed on turtle conservation

Rethink needed on turtle conservation

Green turtle populations have expanded so much in Indonesia’s east coast islands marine protected areas that they are adopting new feeding habits, degrading the ecosystem and threatening their own conservation.

Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’

Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’

Many of Australia’s iconic eucalypt ecosystems could change beyond recognition due to increased climate stress, according to research at the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub.

Scorpions take sting out of pain

Scorpions take sting out of pain

The University of Queensland has led an investigation into the venom composition of a wide range of previously unexplored scorpion species, finding compounds with tremendous potential for use in the discovery of new pain management medicines.

Scientists discover a hidden giant

Scientists discover a hidden giant

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a vivid new species of giant clam on reefs in the Solomon Islands and at Ningaloo in Western Australia.

Dying for sex – extreme mammal habits

Dying for sex – extreme mammal habits

Scientists from The University of Queensland are the first in the world to discover why programmed suicidal reproduction is likely to occur in mammals.

UQ examines the social networks of wild giraffes

UQ examines the social networks of wild giraffes

New research from The University of Queensland reinforces the value of network analysis and long-term studies for examining the social systems of wild animals.

Mozzie Research Creates a Buzz

Mozzie Research Creates a Buzz

Dr Nigel Beebe's laboratory seeks to improve our understanding of mosquitoes and their role in mosquito-borne disease. Find out more about their work in this video.

WiT awards for innovative academics

WiT awards for innovative academics

The University of Queensland congratulates Associate Professor Marta Indulska and Ms Claire Wainwright on their success in this year’s Australian Women in Technology (WiT) Awards.

Science and industry join forces to unveil manta ray mysteries

Science and industry join forces to unveil manta ray mysteries

The University of Queensland's Project Manta is joining forces with Western Australia's Murdoch University scientists and industry partners Austral Fisheries and the TG Kailis Marine Conservation Fund to establish "Project Manta - WA".