School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

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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New hope for preterm babies future health

November 16th, 2017

A new investigation into preterm baby health may have implications for future antimicrobial resistance. Dr Andrew Currie is leading a research team from Murdoch University in partnership with neonatal consultant Tobias Strunk from King Edward Memorial Hospital to test the reliability of a diagnostic marker for sepsis infection in very preterm infants.

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Smartphone technology monitoring shark behaviour

November 13th, 2017

Technology found in smartphones and Fitbits is helping a Murdoch University honours student classify the behaviour of a vulnerable shark species to boost long-term conservation efforts.

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Murdoch’s mobile vet clinics improve dog health in the regions

November 10th, 2017

Animal welfare and community health have improved in regional Aboriginal communities as a result of a mobile veterinary clinic provided by Murdoch University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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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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How pigs in suitcases can help solve crime

November 1st, 2017

Murdoch University researchers are investigating the science of hiding dead bodies in suitcases, in a bid to help police solve macabre murders.

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