south-west

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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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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New tree app to help WA forests

December 10th, 2013

The public is invited to download a new smartphone application to record marri canker and Quambalaria shoot blight (QSB) from Geraldton to Albany.

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WA’s south-west mussels in serious decline

July 12th, 2010

Carter’s Freshwater Mussel, the only mussel known to inhabit freshwaters of south-west Western Australia, is in serious decline.

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WA’s freshwater fish in trouble

June 17th, 2010

Western Australia’s unique freshwater fish are in trouble, say scientists at Murdoch University’s Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research.

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New fish species discovered

February 4th, 2010

New fish species discovered

Murdoch University’s fish scientists have discovered a new species of Pygmy Perch in Western Australia.

Drs David Morgan and Stephen Beatty of Murdoch’s Centre for Fish & Fisheries Research said the discovery of a new species of freshwater fish was the first such find in the south-west in over 40 years.

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State’s South-West fish in dire straits

December 7th, 2009

States South-West fish in dire straits

Murdoch University scientists have found the state’s South-West unique freshwater fish populations are reducing, with a number being listed as endangered.

According to Murdoch University’s freshwater fish experts Drs David Morgan andStephen Beatty the combination of habitat change, decline in water quality andintroduction of exotic fishes has had a major impact.

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Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

November 21st, 2009

Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

Murdoch University researchers with the South-West Marine Research Program (SWMRP*) are investigating multiple deaths of dolphins over the last two years within the inner waters around the city of Bunbury. These inner waters encompass the Leschenault Estuary and Inlet, the Inner and Outer Harbour, and the Collie and Brunswick Rivers.

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