Scalloped hammerhead entangled in a Queensland shark control net at Magnetic Island, Townsville.
Courtesy of Nicole McLachlan
Some media have reported shark numbers at 'plague proportions' in Australian waters. But a new analysis suggests the opposite: species such as hammerheads and white sharks have plummeted in number.
The Gila monster.
The Gila monster gave humans a treatment for diabetes. What other medical miracles are we losing by failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems?
In the firing line.
We need to learn to coexist with wildfires the way many ecosystems do. We won't protect lives in the long term by trying to stamp the fires out.
The burrowing owl was once a common sight on the prairies. Now Saskatchewan and Alberta have fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs.
Carving up ecosystems or opening them to development puts the survival of species at risk.
Opportunities to help drive the energy transition are everywhere - even in Western Australia’s remote salt pans.
Peter C. Doherty
Nobel Prizewinning health researcher Peter Doherty reflects on the challenge of delivering a healthy climate for the world. From hydrogen power to wooden skyscrapers, the options are endless, but all require leadership.
The dingo, Australia’s largest mammalian carnivore, has a broad diet that varies across the continent.
A survey of 32,000 samples of dingo droppings and stomach contents reveal that this predator's appetite is as wide-ranging as Australia's landscapes. But medium and large mammals are top of the menu.
Wetlands can have decades-long dry periods.
Felicity Burke/The Conversation
Wetlands in Australia are often dry. They may look unassuming but it's a vital part of their vibrant lifecycle.
Lush moss beds in East Antarctica’s Windmill Islands.
Mosses are the only plants that can withstand life in East Antarctica's frozen landscape. But a new study shows that life is getting even harder, as ozone loss and climate change make conditions even drier.
Widespread mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpenteria.
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Australia has seen an unprecedented number of widespread, catastrophic transformations in response to extreme weather events.
Small businesses around Africa should be benefiting from e-commerce.
E-commerce companies should deliberately build systems that are structured to provide supportive business environments for small and medium enterprises.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
Deakin Marine Mapping Group
Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Juvenile blue tang sheltering in restored staghorn coral.
With coral reefs in crisis around the world, many organizations are working to restore them by growing and transplanting healthy corals. A new study spotlights techniques that help restored reefs thrive.
The tale of the snow crab bears witness to the how the complexities of climate change and fights over fishing rights play out.
Oysters can do a lot more than they’re given credit for.
Oysters aren't just good for a feed. They also give a vital boost to coastal ecosystems, which is why efforts are underway to restore Australia's once-abundant oyster reefs to their former glory.
Giant triton molluscs are a useful ally in battling the coral-grazing crown-of-thorns starfish.
AAP Image/AIMS, K Goodbun
The federal government's new funding aims to spread the net wide in investigating possible ways to protect the Great Barrier Reef's corals. Winning this battle will require a wide range of weapons.
A shark is hauled aboard a boat in 2014, during Western Australia’s controversial shark culling trial.
Sea Shepherd Australia
A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks.
Some reefs are strong sources of coral larvae.
A new study identifies dozens of individual reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are especially important for coral larvae dispersal and which could help the entire ecosystem bounce back.
Guam’s trees are struggling without the birds that spread their seeds.
Guam's trees are in trouble, thanks to the accidental release of a snake species 70 years ago, which has killed off many of the bird species that are vital for the health of the island's forests.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
Adélie penguin at the Mt Siple breeding colony, West Antarctica.
Climate change is set to expand Antarctica's ice-free area, potentially helping native species to flourish but also paving the way for invasive species to gain a foothold.