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

Professor Nathan Hart provided comment to The Age regarding the areas with the highest risk of shark attacks.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne regarding the risk of shark attacks this summer.

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Professor Rick Shine was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about snakes in Sydney.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta provided comment to The New Daily on a whale carcass near Fairhaven, Victoria that showed signs of shark feeding

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David Mabberley gave his last presentation in a series of five on The Science Show with Robyn Williams, Radio National, last Saturday 12th December at 12.05 pm: Australian trees growing all over the world.

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Professor Rob Harcourt was featured in The Herald Sun and syndicated publications and The Daily Mail regarding the areas with the highest risk of shark attack.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes provided comment to the Sydney Morning Herald about the Government committing not to use ‘Kyoto carryover credits’ to meet its climate targets.

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David Mabberley was interviews by Robyn Williams last Saturday, 5th December, on the ABC Science Show, talking about how humans have changed natural environments.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on 2SER regarding the increase in shark attacks in 2020.

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Professor Brian Atwell was featured on ABC Southern Queensland Rural Report regarding research into the resistance of cotton crops to heatwaves. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes provided comment to the Sydney Morning Herald about the Government committing not to use ‘Kyoto carryover credits’ to meet its climate targets.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney regarding ocean animals coming in and out of Sydney Harbour.

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Professor Culum Brown contributed the article ‘How will sharks respond to climate change? It might depend on where they grew up’ to The Conversation.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes provided comment to The New Daily regarding predicted flooding over summer.

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Associate Professor Michelle Power contributed the article ‘Humans are polluting the environment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and I’m finding them everywhere’ to The Conversation.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was featured on ABC News Radio regarding environmental concerns about the Narrabri Gas Project.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to the New York Times about the record numbers of fatal shark attacks this year.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to ABS CBN News about the cognitive abilities of fish.

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Dr Lizzy Lowe was featured in Lifehacker regarding the species of spiders that emerge during summer.

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Professor Rick Shine was interviewed on ABC Capricornia Breakfast about cane toads rapidly evolving to become bigger and stronger.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta’s article titled “Humpback whales have been spotted in a Kakadu river. So in a fight with a crocodile, who would win?” was the most-read at The Conversation last week. So far, it has been read more than 390K times with 74% of readers from countries outside Australia (it’s been a big hit in the US). The article has been republished by 9 other media outlets including the ABC and IFL Science.

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Professor Rick Shine was featured on The New Daily about cane toads rapidly evolving to become bigger and stronger.

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Professor Rick Shine was featured on the Adelaide Advertiser about cane toads rapidly evolving to become bigger and stronger.

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Professor Rick Shine was featured on News.com.au about cane toads rapidly evolving to become bigger and stronger.

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Professor Rick Shine was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Drive about cane toads rapidly evolving to become bigger and stronger.

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Professor Robert Harcourt was featured (in Dutch) on NOS, speaking about Humpback Whales helping to fight climate change.

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Dr Lizzy Lowe was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast about a warm wet start in Eastern Australia to summer providing ideal conditions for spiders, especially funnel-webs.

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Louise Tosetto provided comment to The Guardian on the impact microplastics can have on fish personalities.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to Sunday Tasmanian in relation to shark attacks in Tasmania.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was interviewed by Nature Index in relation to different career paths to succeed after a PhD.

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Professor Culum Brown was mentioned on Newsweek after his recent comment to CNN regarding the average fatalities from shark attacks each year.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed by ABC Pilbara on sharks.

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Julianna Kadar was interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne Conversation Hour regarding her research on shark behaviour.

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Associate Professor Michelle Power was featured on ABC Radio Sydney Drive explaining zoonotic diseases.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to ABC Online about the reasons to protect sharks.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was interviewed by Nature Index in relation to different career paths to succeed after a PhD.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to The Guardian about La Niña’s possible influence on shark feeding habits as the 2020 shark attack death toll reaches the highest number in 86 years.

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Associate Professor Darrell Kemp was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Saturday Breakfast about butterflies.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Afternoons regarding the documentary My Octopus Teacher.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was featured on ABC Online regarding government investment in science and technology research.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta featured on ABC Online regarding a sighting of a humpback whale with an overbite.

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Dr Simon Clulow was featured on ABC Radio Pacific Beat regarding the deadly Chytrid fungus which has decimated hundreds of frog species around the world except PNG which has implemented a frog saving program to stay ahead of the fungus.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio South East NSW Breakfast regarding a sighting of an unusual-looking humpback whale.

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Dr Georgia Ward-Fear was interviewed on 2CC Canberra Weekender regarding research discoveries about birds’ brains and consciousness.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to Stuff.co.nz regarding evidence that commercial harvesting methods are distressing for fish.

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David Mabberley was interviewed by Robyn Williams on the Science Show, ABC Radio National, last Saturday, 3rd October, 2020, charting the life of natural history illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, chosen by Joseph Banks to join Matthew Flinders as illustrator on the circumnavigation of Australia. This is the second in a series of five interviews.

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David Mabberley was interviewed by Robyn Williams on the Science Show, ABC Radio National, last Saturday, 26th September, 2020, talking about the work and art of Ferdinand Bauer.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to Nine News regarding dolphins spotted hunting salmon off Maroubra beach due to a shift in ocean temperatures.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney Focus about the Global Urban Tree Inventory and the role that the urban areas and horticulture can have for plant species conservation and biosafety.

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

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta provided comment to the Hobart Mercury regarding the mass pilot whale beaching in Tasmania.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta provided comment to ABC News regarding a beached whale on Western Cape York.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra Breakfast regarding a humpback whale found in the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola has been interviewed by Cosmos Magazine about the Global Urban Tree Inventory and the role that the world’s cities can have for plant species conservation.

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Dr Alessandro Ossola was featured on Australia’s Science Channel regarding the importance of urban trees for plant conservation and biodiversity. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on ABC News Radio about a shark attack off Fraser Island.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney and provided comment to ABC Online and The Australian regarding the mass pilot whale beaching in Tasmania.

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Dr Lizzie Lowe provided comment to Daily Mail Australia regarding a viral TikTok video of a huntsman spider.

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Professor Robert Harcourt was interviewed on ABC Northern Tasmania regarding the mass pilot whale beaching in Tasmania.

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Dr Lizzy Lowe was featured on News.com.au regarding a huntsman captured on camera eating a lizard.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was featured on ABC Radio Adelaide, ABC Radio Sydney Drive, Tasmanian Examiner, Sydney Morning Herald, 3AW Afternoons and 2CC Canberra Live about whales that became stranded off Tasmania’s west coast.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and Vice regarding hundreds of whales that became stranded off Tasmania’s west coast.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on 2GB Sydney Drive and hope103.2 regarding hundreds of whales that became stranded off Tasmania’s west coast.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes contributed to an open letter in The Australian ‘On every count, Snowy 2.0 is a disaster in the making’.

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Dr Matthew Bulbert was interviewed on ABC Radio Hobart Evenings regarding why mosquitoes bite some people and not others. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC South East NSW Breakfast about a group of whales sighted in a feeding frenzy off the South Coast on the weekend.

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Dr Vanessa Pirotta was interviewed on ABC Radio Darwin Drive and 2GB Drive regarding humpback whales seen in the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory.

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Professor Robert Harcourt provided comment to the Daily Telegraph about how climate change is affecting the east coast current and bringing sharks closer to shore.

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Professor Culum Brown provided comment to The Australian regarding how warming oceans are bringing sharks further south.

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Dr Matthew Bulbert was featured on COSMOS Magazine regarding why mosquitoes bite some people and not others. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Dr Matthew Bulbertwas interviewed on 2SER The Daily regarding why mosquitoes bite some people and not others. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Professor Culum Brown was interviewed on 97.3fm about the causes of shark attacks.

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Dr Matthew Bulbert was featured in EcoVoice regarding why mosquitoes bite some people and not others. This story was originally published on The Lighthouse.

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Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes provided comment to ABC News about the failings in Australia’s environment protection laws in saving endangered species.

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Professor Robert Harcourt was featured on 4BC and syndicated stations regarding a Great White shark attack in Port Macquarie.

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Associate Professor Michelle Power was featured on ABC Radio Canberra Mornings regarding a citizen science project involving understanding how disease and parasites spread by collecting possum droppings.

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Distinguished Professor Michael Gillings contributed to a podcast series as part of Science Week ‘Getting to know Prof Michael Gillings: origins of life, art v science and beautiful fungi’

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Masters student Sarah Reid contributed an article to The Junction on new approaches for restoring kelp forests.

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Masters student Daniel Smuskowitz contributed an article to The Junction on the potential impact of future climate change on marine mammals.

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Masters student Caroline Fieldus contributed an article to The Junction on the epidemiological modelling of devil facial tumour disease.

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Masters student Rebecca Dale contributed an article to The Junction on the role of biological corridors in the conservation of large mammals in central America.

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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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