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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.
BIOL researcher joins ARC College of Experts
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 ...
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 ...
Queensland conservation biologist Kerrie Wilson is a star in her field, and last night she was recognised with a medal to prove it.
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.
Darwin called it “that mystery of mysteries”, or how organisms evolve to become new species.
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.
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. ...
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.
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...
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
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...
Groundwater systems and little-known fish parasites will be investigated thanks to two new University of Queensland Moreton Bay Res...
A new facility in The School of Biological Sciences will investigate major global diseases and al...
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...
Gathering evidence on the impact of Kenya’s record-breaking ivory burn on elephant conservation should be an urgent p...
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 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...
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...
Evolution in mammals, biological mutations, plant growth and ageing are among topics to be studied in four prestigious UQ fellowships awarded to
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...
School of Biological Sciences researchers will join with industry partners on projects involving marine reserves and metal contamination in mammals in the latest
The University of Queensland is again Australia’s highest-ranking institution on the Nature Index, further strengthening its
fish learn to avoid hooks that are a risk for their size
land-use zoning as a possible effective solution
corals responsible for establishing today’s reefs are now some of the most threatened coral species
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...
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...
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...
Sea birds, dolphins, crabs and sharks are among the species that could suffer if commercial fishers abruptly stopped discarding their unwanted catches, research shows.
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...
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 ...
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
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...
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...
An international study led by University of Queensland researchers has challenged a long-held idea about how mammals evolved more sensitive hearing than reptiles.
Congratulations to the School of Biological Science's Associate Professor Robbie Wilson, recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship.
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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 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.
Understanding how genetic diversity occurs within species is paramount for conservation, according to University of Queensland scientists.
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.
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.
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.
PhD candidate Rebecca Wheatley on The Conversation.
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.
Associate Professor Bryan Fry has developed a new technique for ‘milking’ box jellyfish to extract deadly venom for development into lifesaving drugs.
Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Ramona Maggini discuss protecting the Lake Eyre basin on The Conversation.
UQ School of Biological Sciences Honours graduate Thomas Semple has identified a previously unknown species of insect living within reach of Australian suburbia.
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.
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.
PhD candidate Timothy N. W. Jackson on The Conversation
Research Associate Tamara Fletcher and PhD candidate Caitlin Syme discuss de-extinction.
Jasmine Lee, Ramona Maggini and Richard Fuller discuss Australian species threatened by climate change on The Conversation.
Professor Christine Beveridge is one of five University of Queensland academics recognised with a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A/Prof Robbie Wilson explains his research into quoll crashes during high speed cornering, which contributes to understanding the dynamics of animal movement.
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.
Dr Steve Salisbury is leading a team of students on a tracking expedition on the dinosaur coast.
Borneo can successfully meet conservation targets for protecting orangutan and elephant habitats if its three national jurisdictions work together, an international study has found.
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 talks about his dinosaur footprint field work in the Kimberley.
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.
Dr Selina Ward writes for The Conversation about Queensland Labor’s new plan to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil on land.
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.
Kangaroo social networks could provide insight into the evolution of human personality differences.
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.
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.
Trading maximum speed for manoeuvrability may be essential to surviving a run-in with a predator, a new UQ study shows.
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.
Dr John Pandolfi says there is some hope that all will not be lost for future coral reefs.
A UQ study into how bacteria interact with their insect hosts may lead to better prevention for diseases such as malaria and dengue.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 13th November 2014, 6-8pm, Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, Building #23, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
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.
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.
"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 has won the Scopus Life Sciences and Biological Sciences award for her research into habitat restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Tighter bag limits for fishermen have been identified as an important key to ocean ecosystem conservation.
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...
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]
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.
Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of fossilised wood in Winton, providing insight into dinosaur landscapes in central-western Queensland.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Queensland researchers have developed a mathematical framework to reduce the chance of wildlife meeting a grisly end on the world’s roads.
The School of Biological Sciences recognised its highest-achieving undergraduate students of 2013 with an award ceremony on Friday 28 February.
A panel of experts discusses the science and ethics of bringing back extinct species.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists from The University of Queensland are the first in the world to discover why programmed suicidal reproduction is likely to occur in mammals.
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.
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.
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.
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".