School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Public talk: Drones and tags unveil whale mysteries

March 24th, 2017

An image of a southern right whale and her white calf taken by a drone

The high tech wonders of how drones and tags are used in whale research will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 27 March.

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Sawfish exposed as the ultimate stealth hunter

March 23rd, 2017

Sawfish rostrum

New research has revealed the lethal side swipes of sawfishes’ distinctive rostra are barely detectable to their prey.

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Global audience for food technology

March 22nd, 2017

A researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators charged with improving global health outcomes through food. Murdoch University plant disease researcher Dr Kirsty Bayliss has been named as a 2017 LAUNCH Food Innovator, and will travel to San Francisco later this month for an intensive global forum on food choices.

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Free public lecture: How nature can help catch criminals

March 17th, 2017

Dr Paola Magni

The fascinating role of insects, crustaceans and plants in criminal investigations will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 20 March. Dr Paola Magni, a forensic biologist with a focus on entomology, will talk about a number of cases where these organisms have helped investigators understand crucial facts about murders, and even help lead them to the perpetrators.

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Opinion: Roe 8: Perth’s environmental flashpoint in the WA election

March 11th, 2017

Bibra Lake, which is part of the Beeliar Wetlands

In an opinion piece for The Conversation, Dr Jane Chambers and Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings from Murdoch University discuss the impact of the Roe 8 extension on the Beeliar Wetlands.

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New species of tick with woylie preference may face extinction

March 9th, 2017

The woylie is an extremely rare small marsupial endemic to Australia (Pic: Sabrina Trocini)

Murdoch University researchers have discovered a new species of Australian tick, but believe it may be facing extinction because of its strong preference for critically endangered woylies.

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Government awards $40 million to address Australia’s soil management issues

March 8th, 2017

Murdoch University has been named as part of the biggest soil-based collaborations of farmers in Australia’s history that aims to unlock the potential of the country’s agricultural sector.

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Murdoch animal science students win Rio Tinto Groundbreaker scholarships

March 6th, 2017

Naomi Leahy (left) and Komala Ravendran

Two Murdoch University animal science students have won prestigious scholarships worth $7,500 to support their studies.

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Veterinary science student rewarded for dedication

February 24th, 2017

Second year veterinary science student Kelly Algar has been named as the Pearson Student of the Year in the science, computer science and IT category for her academic achievement and personal dedication.

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WA’s biodiversity decline the focus of prestigious PhD scholarship

February 24th, 2017

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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