School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Opinion: As Australian shipping grows, how can we avoid collisions with marine animals?

December 1st, 2016

Dr Joshua Smith

Increasing concerns for Australian marine mammals injured or killed following collisions with shipping vessels has led to calls to investigate the extent of the problem.

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Could altering soils and crops reduce heat wave intensity?

December 1st, 2016

Dr Jatin Kala

A Murdoch University researcher will be investigating how altering land management practices to change the properties of soils and crops will help to reduce the intensity of heat waves.

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First report of virus causing flu-like disease in bobtail lizards

November 10th, 2016

Researchers have found the presence of a new virus in bobtail lizards (Image: Bethany Jackson)

In a world first, Murdoch University researchers have discovered the presence of a new virus in bobtail lizards, which may be threatening the iconic species.

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Opinion: To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts

August 22nd, 2016

Dr Steve Wylie with the Australian native plant in high demand

In an article for The Conversation, Dr Steve Wylie asks the questions of what can we do to future-proof our crops to help feed a global population expected to increase to 9.3 billion people by 2050

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Forensic students tackle mock murder exercise

July 14th, 2016

Students were given a murder scenario before arriving at the scene

Murdoch University forensic science students have gained valuable crime scene experience with the help of dead pigs.

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Frost maps for farms and the development of a drone 'lamb cam' scoop two national awards

March 2nd, 2016

Amy Lockwood has won a national award for her drone monitoring of lambing ewes.

Sheep researcher Amy Lockwood and climate researcher Jatin Kala won categories in the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Murdoch researchers help Australia-wide wildlife health project

January 19th, 2016

Carnaby

Murdoch University veterinary researchers are making an invaluable contribution to a one year pilot project which aims to boost Australia’s capture of wildlife health data.

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Opinion: What lies beneath: the bugs lurking in your swimming pool

January 4th, 2016

Professor Una Ryan

Summer holidays are here, which means hot days by the pool, and the arrival of single-cell parasites that are the leading cause of pool-related gastroenteritis in Australia.

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Students picture the natural world at ecology camp

September 15th, 2015

Murdoch student Hollie McCullough at ecology camp (Pic: Hayden Davies)

Murdoch University ecology students were encouraged to picture their work at a recent field science camp in and around Jurien Bay, resulting in a series of beautiful images.

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The squeeze is on: Struggling plants contend with more fire and slower growth

June 2nd, 2015

Banksia hookeriana

The one-two punch of hotter, drier climates and increased fires may leave plants caught out, threatening species existence in biodiversity hotspots worldwide, including Australia’s south west and regions of California.

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