Environment & Conservation

Summer scholarships for young talent

Thursday, 14 January 2016

FIVE young West Australian scientists are spending their summer working alongside researchers at Kings Park and Botanic Garden as part of this year’s Kings Park scholarship program.

THE frisky male jewel beetles (Julidomorpha saundersi), which made headlines in the 1980s for attempting to mate with discarded beer stubbies, seem to be at it again—only this time they are targeting fluoro-coloured safety equipment.

THIS bushfire season, how can we best protect our forests—and the millions of dollars spent in recreating them?

IT HAS been a busy year for environmental researchers and conservationists! From cat collars to super-continents, we have pulled together some of our most popular environment stories for 2015 to celebrate the conservation of Western Australia.

A RESEARCH team involving a WA scientist have determined that a citizen of a bustling bird metropolis in South Africa is actually a new type of miniscule arachnid.

THE first comprehensive study of two shrub species from the Euphorbiaceae family, which only occur near Ravensthorpe, suggests the plant’s limited range may one day lead to its extinction if land clearing in the region continues.

Fire threatens Christmas kisses

Thursday, 24 December 2015

FIRE really is the Christmas grinch for WA mistletoe, with researchers discovering flames are the ultimate kiss of death for the festive plant.

IF YOU’VE ever tried to avoid a family Christmas lunch, you can take heart in the knowledge that bobtails, too, like to avoid the rellies.

WHILE they may be the stuff of vampiric nightmares, bats play a vital role in Australian ecosystems.

ONE of the last known populations of WA’s rarest bird species is tipped to disappear from a global biodiversity hotspot unless action is taken to address climate change.

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