• Speckles the dolphin

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2024

    University of the Sunshine Coast researchers believe they have recorded one of the world’s most unusually coloured dolphins for the first time in Australian waters.

  • Croaky!

    Open Forum     |      February 11, 2024

    FrogID, a phone app which Australia’s citizen scientists can use to help record and count Australia’s frog population has reached a new milestone by logging one million validated frog records.

  • Soils for life

    Ryan Borrett     |      January 30, 2024

    Land clearing and modern farming practises have devastated Australia’s fragile soils, but recognising our land as a national asset and adopting new techniques to boost, rather than deplete soil carbon, could help the agricultural industry secure its own future.

  • Humid enough for you?

    Steven Sherwood     |      January 29, 2024

    We were all warned to expect a hot dry summer, but in reality it’s proven warm and wet, especially down Australia’s humidity ridden east coast.

  • Parklife

    Amy Peden     |      January 13, 2024

    Recent tragedies in our national parks highlight the crucial need to reevaluate visitor management strategies to protect people from the wild – and themselves.

  • The green Sahara

    Edward Armstrong     |      January 8, 2024

    Eccentricities in Earth’s orbit help explain why the Sahara desert has waxed and waned over the course of millions of years.

  • An eye on Australia’s ‘seafood basket’

    Open Forum     |      December 11, 2023

    A biologically rich region that provides much of the country’s seafood will be the first site in Australia to test the effectiveness of CSIRO’s AquaWatch technology.

  • Why biodiversity matters

    Open Forum     |      November 28, 2023

    A year on from the COP15 summit of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a new book by UQ ecologist Nigel Dudley builds a case for “Why Biodiversity Matters” and why we should care if species go extinct.

  • Farming carbon

    Rachel Standish     |      November 24, 2023

    Farmers have cleared much of Australia’s natural vegetation over the last two hundred years, and while carbon credits have been exploited for private gain rather than public good, replanting schemes can help restore our land and atmosphere to a more sustainable balance.

  • Amphibian apocalypse

    Open Forum     |      October 29, 2023

    Forty percent of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction according to a global study published in the scientific journal Nature.

  • A new tool to tackle seafood fraud

    Lilly Matson     |      October 22, 2023

    A new handheld scanner uses nuclear methods and mathematical models to determine the origin and production of seafood.

  • Farming the sea

    Open Forum     |      October 20, 2023

    Floating sea farms could help feed the world in the future, according to a new study by University of South Australia researchers.