Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences

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By hiding in camouflaged tents for months in the dense rainforest, UNSW PhD student and film-maker Dan Hunter has captured fascinating footage of Australia’s “dino-bird” – the elusive flightless cassowary.

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UNSW scientists have achieved a world first, publishing the complete DNA sequence of the Queensland fruit fly – a development that will improve both biosecurity and methods for controlling this global horticultural pest.

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It will not be simple or cheap, but fencing dams in arid areas could create "cane toad breaks" to halt the march of these invaders across the continent, writes Mike Letnic  

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Satellite images are a powerful tools for identifying water bodies important to aquatic species' survival in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.

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Tropical rabbitfish devastating algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea pose a major threat to the entire sea basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a UNSW-led study warns.

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UNSW biologist Professor Richard Kingsford is a key scientific member of a partnership that has won a $200,000 prize for its work protecting the iconic Lake Eyre Basin river system.

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The issue of race has been in the news, but the idea that human races even exist fails to stand up to scientific scrutiny, writes Darren Curnoe.

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The world has an obligation to help the Pacific Islands conserve their unique ecosystems which are a vital reservoir of biodiversity and source of natural resources, says Richard Kingsford.

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The migration of tropical fish as a result of ocean warming poses a serious threat to the temperate areas they invade, because they overgraze on kelp forests and seagrass, a UNSW-led study concludes.

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Scottish geologist and TV documentary presenter Professor Iain Stewart will be the inaugural recipient of the UNSW Medal for Science Communication and deliver the Scientia Lecture tonight.

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