The Superb Lyrebird is famous for its song and dance, but what is less known is their extraordinary role as world-class ecosystem engineers.
California's bushfire disaster is eerily reminiscent of Australia's Black Summer. We share the same fiery fate, and must learn to adapt.
Ahead of National Science Week, Chief Scientist Alan Finkel reflects on the growing value of citizen science, emphasising the need for more collaboration as we deal with an evolving climate.
Many scientific concepts, including bushfires and climate change, happen at scales outside human perception. So how can we ever understand them?
Scientists and bureaucrats moved logistical mountains to rescue the eastern bristlebird from bushfires this year. As climate change worsens, wildlife evacuations will become more common.
The story of the Kangaroo Island Micro-trapdoor spider offer insight into the challenges ahead for invertebrates – the tiny engines of Australia's biodiversity – after this year's cataclysmic fires.
Last summer, Australia's wildlife burned in one of our country's worst bushfires. So what's become of animal and plant survivors in the months since?
When the post-bushfire rains finally arrived, the situation for many fish species went from dangerous to catastrophic. A slurry of ash and mud washed into waterways, sending oxygen levels plummeting.
Scientists and the community are building nests to help save the stunning green carpenter bee from extinction.
After the bushfires, we went looking for endangered corroboree frogs. Normally, they respond to our calls. But at some sites, the ponds were silent.
Three quarters of WA's Stirling Ranges national park now experience fire cycles twice as frequent as species recovery rates.
Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect. Traditional methods are costly and labour intensive. So we found a more efficient way to locate koalas in eastern NSW, using drones.
It was June last year when the first bushfires started in what became known as the Black Summer that claimed lives and destroyed homes.
The bushfire royal commission will look at incorporating Aboriginal knowledge into mainstream fire management. But in practice, what does that mean?
How fast can an animal run? How intense was the fire? Picking which species to help after a bushfire tragedy is no easy task.
The disasters have come one after another. While they may not be entirely preventable, we can take many practical steps tailored to local needs and conditions to reduce the impacts on our cities.
Other existential risks include the decline of natural resources (particularly water), human population growth beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity, and nuclear weapons.
With a bit of sensible planning, you can retain plants close to your home without creating a huge bushfire risk.
Long before a fire season that destroyed 3,500 homes, more than 100,000 Australians were homeless. If only we showed the same urgency and innovation in housing them as we did for bushfire victims.
Earth-covered houses are not only highly fire-resistant, but sustainable features such as off-grid power and water supplies could also be life-saving in a bushfire.