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August 15, 2017

Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write

Zoe Doubleday, Sean Connell

August 9, 2017

‘Gene drives’ could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

Thomas Prowse, Joshua Ross, Paul Thomas, Phill Cassey

July 14, 2017 Publish and don’t perish – how to keep rare species’ data away from poachers Andrew Lowe, Anita Smyth, Ben Sparrow, Glenda Wardle
July 3, 2017 Here’s what you need to know about exotic pets in Australia Pablo García-Díaz, Miquel Vall-llosera 
Phill Cassey
June 28, 2017 Globally, floods seem to be decreasing even as extreme rainfall rises. Why? Seth Westra, Hong Xuan Do
June 28, 2017 Huge restored reef aims to bring South Australia’s oysters back from the brink Dominic Mcafee, Sean Connell
June 14, 2017 From Joseph Banks to big data, herbaria bring centuries-old science into the digital age Michelle Waycott
June 6, 2017 Naracoorte, where half a million years of biodiversity and climate history are trapped in caves Liz Reed, Lee Arnold
May 12, 2017 Not a lizard nor a dinosaur, tuatara is the sole survivor of a once-widespread reptile group Marc Jones
May 12, 2017 Found: ‘lost’ forests covering an area two-thirds the size of Australia Andrew Lowe, Ben Sparrow
May 1, 2017 Climate change could drive coastal webs to collapse Ivan Nagelkerken, Sean Connell, Silvan Goldenberg
April 19, 2017 How English-style drizzle killed the Ice Age’s giants Alan Cooper, Tim Rabanus-Wallace
March 9, 2017 The daily life of a Neanderthal revealed from the gunk in their teeth Alan Cooper, Laura Weyrich
March 9, 2017 DNA reveals Aboriginal people had a long and settled connection to country Alan Cooper, Ray Tobler, Wolfgang Haak
February 23, 2017 How do we keep gardening in the face of climate change? Andrew Lowe
February 15, 2017 How the warming world could turn many plants and animals into climate refugees Matt Christmas
November 22, 2016 CSI trees: how forensic science is helping combat illegal logging Eleanor Dormontt
November 17, 2016 Alien invaders: the illegal reptile trade is a serious threat to Australia Pablo Garcia-Diaz, Joshua Ross, Phill Cassey
November 8, 2016 Planning for a rainy day: there’s still lots to learn about Australia’s flood pattern Seth Westra, Fiona Johnson

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW and Christopher J. White Environmental Engineering, University of Tasmania

October 19, 2016 How we discovered the ‘Higgs bison’, hiding in plain sight in ancient cave art Alan Cooper and Julien Soubrier, University of Adelaide
September 23, 2016 How the Australian galah got its name in a muddle Jeremy Austin and Leo Joseph CSIRO
September 19, 2016 The silencing of the seas: how our oceans are going quiet Ivan Nagelkerken, Sean Connell, Tullio Rossi
May 27, 2016 We're kidding ourselves if we think we can 'reset' Earth's damaged ecosystems Andy Lowe, Martin Breed, Nick Gellie, Peter Mortimer, Associate professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
April 4, 2016 Interactive: profiles of the cabinet and shadow cabinet Corey Bradshaw
January 29, 2016 New analysis finds no evidence that climate wiped out Australia’s megafauna Frédérik Saltré; Christopher Johnson, University of Tasmania, and Corey Bradshaw
January 8, 2016 Big game: banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good Corey Bradshaw and Enrico Di Minin, University of Helsinki
October 13, 2015 The oceans are changing too fast for marine life to keep up Ivan Nagelkerken
August 17, 2015 Australia’s ‘other’ reef is worth more than $10 billion a year - but have you heard of it? Thomas Wernberg, University of Western Australia; Alistair Hobday, CSIRO; Craig Johnson, University of Tasmania; Elvira Poloczanska, CSIRO; Scott Bennett, Curtin University, and Sean Connell
July 24, 2015 DNA evidence proves climate change killed off prehistoric megafauna Chris Turney, UNSW Australia and Alan Cooper
April 28, 2015 Sydney storm: are extreme rains and flash floods increasing? Michael Leonard; Feifei Zheng, and Seth Westra
March 23, 2015 European invasion: DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans Alan Cooper and Wolfgang Haak
March 17, 2015 Explainer: the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Andrew Lowe
February 19, 2015 Adelaide is facing a dry future – it needs to start planning now Mark Thyer and Seth Westra
December 16, 2014 It’s time for environmentalists to give nuclear a fair go Barry W. Brook, University of Tasmania and Corey Bradshaw
November 5, 2014 Tasmanian devils survived two big falls in numbers but now need help Anna Brüniche-Olsen, University of Tasmania and Jeremy Austin
September 1, 2014 It’s personal: why leaders don’t turn climate knowledge into action Simon Divecha
July 4, 2014 Will the climate debate end up being fought in court? Andrew Lowe and Stefan Caddy-Retalic
July 4, 2014 Why we’re opposing Western Australia’s shark cull: scientists Jessica Meeuwig, University of Western Australia and Corey Bradshaw
June 20, 2014 Chew on this: Neanderthal jaws evolved before brains Lee Arnold
May 23, 2014 Rewriting the origin of New Zealand’s kiwi bird ancestors Kieren Mitchell and Alan Cooper
March 18, 2014 Chickens tell tale of human migration across Pacific Alan Cooper and Vicki Thomson
January 30, 2014 Ocean acidification leaving fish in the dark: study Ivan Nagelkerken
January 10, 2014 Marsupial extinctions: don’t blame the dingoes Christopher Johnson, University of Tasmania; Barry W. Brook; Corey Bradshaw, and Thomas Prowse
October 7, 2013 Pro-nuclear greenies? Thinking outside the box with Pandora’s Promise Ben Heard and Corey Bradshaw
September 25, 2013 Predicting who will publish or perish as career academics Bill Laurance, James Cook University; Carolina Useche, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research on Biological Resources; Corey Bradshaw, and Susan Laurance, James Cook University
June 14, 2013 Making national parks truly national Corey Bradshaw; Emma Johnston, UNSW, and Euan Ritchie, Deakin University
May 24, 2013 Our national parks must be more than playgrounds or paddocks Euan Ritchie, Deakin University; Bill Laurance, James Cook University; Corey Bradshaw; David M Watson; Emma Johnston, UNSW Australia; Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland; Ian Lunt, and Michael McCarthy, University of Melbourne
April 11, 2013 Serious about emissions? It’s time to embrace nuclear Barry W. Brook and Tom Wigley
March 15, 2013 De-extinction is about as sensible as de-death Corey Bradshaw
March 6, 2013 History mystery solved: the origins of the Falkland Islands wolf Jeremy Austin
February 28, 2013 Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats Barry W. Brook and Corey Bradshaw
February 21, 2013 Australian endangered species: Sea snakes Kate Sanders
February 18, 2013 Degraded microcosms: loss of oral biodiversity will kill you Corey Bradshaw and Alan Cooper
February 5, 2013 Increases in rainfall extremes linked to global warming Seth Westra
January 15, 2013 Study links ancient Indian visitors to Australia’s first dingoes Alan Cooper
January 8, 2013 Media is missing climate in heatwave story Simon Divecha
November 12, 2012 DNA based methods leave illegal loggers with no place to hide Andrew Lowe and Hugh Cross
November 6, 2012 In defence of the humble ant, champion of biodiversity Matt Christmas and Andrew Lowe
July 11, 2012 Silent declines: recognising unlisted ‘endangered’ species Craig Costion, James Cook University and Andrew Lowe
May 31, 2012 Genetically linked, a continent apart: the rise of DNA barcoding Andrew Lowe and Stefan Caddy-Retalic
May 18, 2012 Can Australia afford the dingo fence? Corey Bradshaw and Euan Ritchie, Deakin University
May 10, 2012 The end of field ecology? Corey Bradshaw
March 5, 2012 DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species Stefan Caddy-Retalic and Andrew Lowe
October 25, 2011 The Hunter: bioethics and extinct DNA in the Tasmanian wilderness Jeremy Austin
July 29, 2011 Drought, flooding rains and the numbers game: setting limits for the Murray Darling Basin Mike Young

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