Research

We engage in research over the broad range of biological disciplines and taxa. Our research utilises the unique Australian and Antarctic biota and the Department offers a dynamic and supportive environment for generating creative, relevant and profound research.

In the Media

Associate Professor Nathan Hart was interviewed on Prime 7 News regarding research into whether sharks attack surfers mistaking them for seals.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on Channel 7 News about a mother whale who rescued her calf at Manly Beach after getting too close with beachgoers.

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Prasanth Subramani was invited to be on the grant review panel for Cystic Fibrosis Australia towards the 2020 Abbie Fennessy Memorial Fellowship

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Honorary Postdoctoral Associate Alison Downing was interviewed by Graham Ross on Radio 2GB on 2nd August, on Caffeine, Citrus and Honey Bees.

Professor Culum Brown provided comment to ABC News regarding two shark attacks off Tasmania.

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Associate Professor Nathan Hart was featured in the Sunday Telegraph and syndicate publications regarding research into whether sharks attack surfers mistaking them for seals.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Integrity and Development was interviewed on 2MCE Orange News about jobs that could be generated across ecosystem restoration and renewable energy in Western Australia.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to Yahoo News identifying sea creatures found on a beach in Western Australia.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was featured in Cosmos regarding a citizen science project which has found a remarkable recovery in the humpback whale population. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Drive about sea monkeys.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was featured in the Daily Mail regarding the impact of climate change and extreme weather on endangered species.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the impact of climate change and extreme weather on endangered species.

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Associate Professor Michelle Power was featured in The Guardian regarding antibiotic-resistant bacteria migrating from humans to wildlife.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to The Guardian about the increasing risk of shark attacks and methods to mitigate them.

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Dr Simon Clulow was featured on Radio National, Science Bulletin and Phys.org, with interviews conducted for ABC Drive Darwin and RTRFM Radio regarding a recent paper on developing a successful method for freezing lizard sperm using caffeine.

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Integrity and Development was featured on 3WM Country Today regarding the effects of climate change on farming communities.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to The Australian and the Herald Sun about the increasing risk of shark attacks due to warming waters off the east coast of Australia.

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Associate Professor Michelle Power was featured in Tasmanian Times regarding how integrating a more diverse set of species and environments could enhance the biomedical research cycle.

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Professor Mark Westoby provided comment to ABC News about the evolution of flowering plants.

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Dr Robert Kooyman provided comment to the Sydney Morning Herald about vulnerable environments exposed to bushfire damage due to lack of preparation in firefighting plans.

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Dr Oliver Griffith was interviewed on 2SER about the evolution of dinosaur eggs.

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Ray Duell and Prasanth Subramani provided comment to The Scientist magazine about virtual lab tours.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC News Breakfast in relation to Migaloo the white humpback whale.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta provided comment to the Daily Mail about a reported early sighting of the white whale Migaloo.

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Professor Rick Shine was interviewed on ABC Radio Darwin Breakfast regarding cane toad behaviour and his research.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio AM regarding the winter migration of humpback whales and an early sighting of the white whale Migaloo.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to the Daily Telegraph regarding dolphin spotting during the winter salmon migration.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Integrity and Development was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald warning that the federal government’s key environment laws are failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems from climate change.

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Melanie Bishop was interviewed about Living Seawalls by Richard Glover on Tues 9 June (5.15 min mark)

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The Living Seawalls project (and honorary Maria Vozzo) was featured on Chanel 9 News Sydney on Wed 10 June

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Drive about the winter whale migration.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra Breakfast regarding the winter migration of whales.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta provided comment to the Sydney Morning Herald about a study of the diets of Great White Sharks.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on 3AW Afternoons about aquarium fish suffering loneliness during the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Dr Luke Strotz (Macquarie Alumnus) and Professor Glenn Brock authored an article ‘A 515 million-year-old freeloader: this nutrient-stealing worm is the oldest parasite’ to The Conversation

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Professor Glenn Brock’s recent paper in Nature Communications mentioned in a Macquarie University Press Release “A Pack of Thieves: the oldest parasite-host interaction in the fossil record”

Dr Ross Peacock gave an online seminar this week for the NCC Bushfire Program webinar Flames in the Rainforests. The live webinar can be viewed via the link.

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Professor Glenn Brock contributed to the article ‘A 515 million-year-old freeloader: this nutrient-stealing marine worm is the oldest known parasite’ on The Conversation.

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Yuri Niella from the Department of Biological Sciences was featured in Forbes regarding the impact of warming waters on shark behaviour.

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Dr Lizzy Lowe from the Department of Biological Sciences provided comment to Yahoo News identifying a spider disguised to look like a twig as an orbweaver.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta from the Department of Biological Sciences was interviewed on ABC Nightlife about the lives of whales.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Brisbane News regarding reduced marine traffic on the Great Barrier Reef which could lead to more whales in the area this year

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Professor Rick Shine and Dr Greg Brown were featured on ABC News at Noon regarding a 22-year study of the animals at Fogg Dam near Darwin.

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Professor Rick Shine and Dr Greg Brown were featured on ABC Online regarding a 22-year study of the animals at Fogg Dam near Darwin.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was featured on 2SER regarding Australia’s recovery from recent extreme weather events associated with climate change.

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Dr Rachael Gallagher contributed the article ‘After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants in most need. Here’s how we did it’ to The Conversation.

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Associate Professor Nathan Hart was mentioned in The Guardian in relation to a grant awarded for his project looking at using pulsed electric fields to deter sharks.

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Dr Jemma Geoghegan from the Department of Biological Sciences was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding research into viruses that have jumped from animals to humans.

Dr Jemma Geoghegan was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding research into viruses that have jumped from animals to humans.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola has been interviewed by SBS Radio Italian about the possible implications of COVID-19 on urban waste generation and recycling.

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Integrity and Development was featured on the Adjust the Contrast podcast regarding the importance of biodiversity.

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Dr Lizzy Lowe provided comment to Yahoo News identifying pods hanging from a tree made by a Bolas spider.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta contributed to the article ‘Sparkling dolphins swim off our coast, but humans are threatening these natural light shows’ to The Conversation.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to the Courier-Mail about the rarity of fatal shark attacks after a park ranger was killed in an attack this week.

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Integrity and Development was featured in the Washington Post regarding the Great Barrier Reef experiencing its most widespread mass bleaching event on record.

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Honorary Associate Robert Kooyman has been doing fieldwork and also making public comment about the fires in northern NSW and their relations to Gondwanan rainforests.

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Honorary Associate Robert Kooyman has been doing fieldwork and also making public comment about the fires in northern NSW and their relations to Gondwanan rainforests.

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Dr Daniel Natusch contributed the article ‘Snakes make good food. Banning farms won’t help the fight against coronavirus’ to The Conversation.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was featured in Cosmos Magazine regarding the benefits of backyard gardens in reducing land surface temperature by as much as 6 degrees.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola has been interviewed by News.com.au and the Advertiser newspaper in relation to a new report on the effects of people’s yards and trees in mitigating heat during extreme heatwaves.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola has been interviewed by Adelaide’s FIVEaa Afternoons radio in relation to a new report on the effects of people’s yards and trees in mitigating heat during extreme heatwaves.

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Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman, Dr Alessandro Ossola and Leigh Staas contributed the article ‘A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards’ to The Conversation.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, was featured in The Guardian in a piece regarding climate scientists’ feelings in response to the climate crisis.

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Emeritus Prof Andrew Beattie and Dr Jennifer McGowen co-authored a short summary of the paper Conservation prioritization can resolve the flagship species conundrum in the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) Newsletter published by Stanford University.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was featured in Eco Voice regarding the benefits of backyard gardens in reducing land surface temperature by as much as 6 degrees. 

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Dr Robert Kooyman provided comment to Mongabay regarding the Gondwana rainforests that were destroyed in the recent bushfires.

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Jennifer McGowan was featured in New Scientist regarding little-known animals that could become ‘icons’ for conservation. 

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Dr Robert Kooyman was featured in The Atlantic regarding the Gondwana rainforests that were destroyed in the recent bushfires.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to Yahoo News identifying a creature found on the beach as a sea hare.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes provided comment to the Sydney Morning Herald about a petition calling for Unisuper to divest from fossil fuel industries.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, was featured on Smooth FM News regarding the emissions target needed to meet the Paris Agreement.

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Jennifer McGowan was featured by the BBC regarding little-known animals that could become ‘icons’ for conservation.

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