School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Murdoch University dolphin heroes win international award

November 22nd, 2012

Murdoch University’s Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) has been recognised for its work to protect marine mammals with an IFAW Action Award for Research.

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30,000-year-old preserved DNA provides a window into the past

November 16th, 2012

Murdoch University scientists have used 30,000-year-old faecal matter to discover plants and animals that existed at that time in the Pilbara.

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History of oceans explored

November 2nd, 2012

Anyone with an interest in maritime history will enjoy two upcoming conferences being held in Fremantle and hosted by Murdoch University.

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Dolphins filmed fishing in trawler nets

November 2nd, 2012

Murdoch University researchers have caught bottlenose dolphins on camera repeatedly raiding trawler fishing nets for food in northern Western Australia.

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Wildlife attacks uncovered at Fitzroy River

October 30th, 2012

A Murdoch University researcher has uncovered a series of attacks on wildlife at the Fitzroy River, including slaughtered sawfish – a species identified recently as facing extinction.

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Wins for fiction and tree drought research

October 26th, 2012

Murdoch University post-graduates have taken three awards at the 2012 Graduate Women WA Awards for research into Jarrah forests and two creative writing projects.

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$850k to conserve rare freshwater fish

October 18th, 2012

Murdoch University researchers have helped to secure an $850,000 grant to conserve three species of endangered fresh water fish native to the South-West of Western Australia.

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Sawfish hits top international endangered list

October 16th, 2012

The Freshwater Sawfish is one of only two WA species to be included on an international hotlist for extinction – the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission's report 'Priceless or Worthless'.

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Funding for pioneering research on little known dolphins

October 11th, 2012

The Australian Marine Mammal Centre has awarded $567,000 in funding to Murdoch University for research on little known dolphin populations off WA’s Kimberley coast.

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Mystery of DNA decay unravelled

October 10th, 2012

A new study is finally laying to rest the debate over whether DNA from the age of the dinosaurs could survive to the present day.

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