Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

WA’s biodiversity decline the focus of prestigious PhD scholarship

February 24th, 2017

Rowena Burch has wond the inaugural Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute PhD Scholarship

A Murdoch University student has been awarded the inaugural PhD scholarship by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). Rowena Burch will study native mammals and reptiles in the jarrah forests of the South West to determine how they respond to prescribed burns, timber harvesting and to programs aimed at controlling predators such as cats and foxes.

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Secret lives of microbats investigated

February 21st, 2017

PhD student Diana Prada is investigating microbats

The secret lives of microbats in the mid-west region of Western Australia are being revealed through a new research project at Murdoch University.

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National coverage: Effects of changing climate in south western Australia

February 7th, 2017

Murdoch scientists highlight dangers of climate change in the South-West.

Climate change in WA's south-west was discussed in depth on ABC Radio National’s Science Show, featuring views from a number of Murdoch University researchers, students and alumni.

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Funding boost for STEMM teaching and dolphin research

February 2nd, 2017

A dolphin calf

Murdoch University has won funding for two projects in the State Government’s annual Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme.

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Urban wetland community survey underway

February 1st, 2017

Researcher Greg Simpson at the survey site, Lake Claremont

Murdoch University researchers investigating community perceptions of Lake Claremont are looking for park users to fill out surveys.

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Backyard bandicoots could be key to urban bushland health

January 17th, 2017

Dr Amanda  Kristancic

The University has begun a three year investigation into how Southern brown bandicoots (quendas) survive in urban bushland in the Mandurah region. Associate Professor Trish Fleming, Professor Giles Hardy, Dr Catherine Baudains and Dr Amanda Kristancic from Murdoch University will work with the local Mandurah community and the City of Mandurah to increase understanding of where quendas are found, the roles they are playing, and identify potential threats to their survival.

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Managing the source of infection

January 6th, 2017

Tapeworm

A team of researchers at Murdoch University are helping prevent parasitic tapeworms from entering the food chain in Southeast Asian farming communities.

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Bandicoot and bilby review finds gaps in current knowledge

December 14th, 2016

Basic biological information about bandicoots remains a mystery

The evolutionary history of a group of small, solitary marsupials native to Australasia requires further research to fill in knowledge gaps, a review co-written by a Murdoch academic suggests.

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WA waters a possible hotspot for krill

December 13th, 2016

WA waters are home to more than 40 percent of the world

A PhD research project has revealed that the waters off Western Australia are home to 40 per cent of the world’s krill species.

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Opinion: Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

December 5th, 2016

Dorsal view of an echidna tick, Bothriocroton concolor, (imaged by Siew-May Loh )

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch University researchers Charlotte Oskam, Peter Irwin and Una Ryan unravel the complexities and ambiguities surrounding Lyme-like disease in Australia.

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