Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

Scientific detective work uncovers historic sunfish mix up

December 6th, 2017

An investigation by a Murdoch University PhD student has resulted in Australia losing its 130 year claim to its unique sunfish species.

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Space-inspired whale shark study unravels constellations of the oceans

November 30th, 2017

Whale shark

Citizen science has combined with NASA ingenuity to reveal more secrets about one of the most awe-inspiring creatures in our oceans – whale sharks.

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$2.35m research funding to improve lamb survival

November 29th, 2017

From left to right Caroline Jacobson, Sarah Blumer, Serina Hancock and Amy Lockwood

Three Murdoch University research projects, which aim to improve reproductive outcomes in sheep and lambs, have won funding worth $2.35 million from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

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Conservation call on sawfish nursery

November 17th, 2017

Green Sawfish

Murdoch University researchers have identified an important nursery for a critically endangered species of sawfish and are calling for conservation efforts to be focused there.

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Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats

November 8th, 2017

A bull shark (Credit: Associate Professor David Morgan)

Shark species have evolved diverse physical attributes to help them thrive in different ocean ecosystems.

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Dark side to the decline of shark fin industry

November 6th, 2017

A landmark study of the eastern Indonesian shark fishery has shown local fishermen are being pushed to riskier, and at times, illegal livelihoods. The rapid decline in shark populations and shark conservation measures are driving these men to high risk activities such as blast fishing, illegal fishing in Australian waters and people smuggling.

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Ground dwelling birds face new threat from reintroduced marsupials

November 3rd, 2017

A new study has found evidence that Australian native marsupials re-introduced in south-west Australia may take eggs from the nests of ground-dwelling birds. Murdoch University adjunct researcher Graham Fulton focused on the ground-nesting and dwelling birds in Dryandra, south-east of Perth.

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Tall Poppy success sown in Murdoch agriculture research

November 2nd, 2017

Dr Sofie De Meyer

Murdoch University agricultural researcher Dr Sofie De Meyer has been named as one of Western Australia’s best young scientists.

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Saving rare elephants with tourism snaps

November 2nd, 2017

Pygmy elephants

A Murdoch University student is investigating whether pictures posted to social media of rare pygmy elephants could help with their management and conservation.

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Why parasite extinction could be a problem for endangered woylies

October 27th, 2017

Woylies

Murdoch University researchers have identified the woylie parasites most vulnerable to extinction and warned their demise could be bad news for their critically endangered host.

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