Latest news from the region
WESTERN Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow global declines in shark numbers.
SOUTHERN hemisphere conifers’ reproductive habits have been uncovered in research monitoring their responses to environmental change.
AN INVASIVE fish species currently occupying the Chapman River is being monitored in research exploring the effectiveness of different capture methods.
THE immense diversity of sponge species in West Australian waters has been celebrated at the 9th World Sponge Conference earlier this month.
WHEN Comet ISON was discovered by amateur astronomers in September last year it was quickly dubbed the comet of the century.
THE WA coastline is well known for banks of marine vegetation called ‘beach wrack’ that accumulates on beaches—but its role in coastal ecosystem health is not completely understood.
THE West Australian and Northern Territory health departments have collaborated to detail the containment of a 2011 measles outbreak originating from an offshore exploration platform which highlights how widely fly-in fly-out workers can spread contagious disease.
WHILE Dirk Hartog Island is the southernmost rookery for loggerhead turtles, UWA and Murdoch University biologists say climate change may ultimately lead to the species nesting successfully on beaches further south.
CORAL cover patterns along the WA coast have remained relatively stable over the last 25 years, according to recent meta-analytical research.
TWO new species of kangaroo paw have been discovered in WA’s biodiversity hotspot – the south-west of Australia – thanks to DNA sequencing.
MID WEST farmers and resource managers are set to reap the benefits of the latest technology that pairs computer programming with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
BOTANISTS are analysing spatial genetic structure within keystone species, to enable better seed sourcing for banksia woodland restoration programs.
TO GET a basic idea of the richness of Western Australia’s soils, Andy Whiteley says you only need to stomp your foot in the ground and then look at the imprint.
VARIABILITY in species characteristics is critical for maintaining the diversity of rich plant communities, a new study has confirmed.
HUMAN behaviour could be a major contributing factor in the transmission of parasitic infections to wildlife, research being conducted across WA suggests.
RESEARCH from scientists at UWA’s Oceans Institute has filled the gap in understanding electrosensory systems in estuary stingrays.
A LARGE database of historical articles about rabbits has contributed to the creation of a five-year program searching internationally for new biological agents to control Australia’s most widespread animal pest.
RESEARCHERS investigating the Ningaloo Reef’s circulation patterns have discovered that periodic, local wind-driven currents are still strong enough to generate upwelling, providing important nutrients from the seabed to the reef, despite strong suppression from the Leeuwin Current.
RESEARCH exploring the Asia Pacific region with a Global Energy Market model (GEM) has assessed the challenges and opportunities as population, income and energy demand continue to increase.