Climate History Australia launched a new citizen science project to create the longest daily weather record for Australia. In June this year, our team released ground-breaking research that showed an increase in heatwaves, as well as a decrease in cold extremes in Southern Australia, since 1838.
Each year a group of ANU students visit Kosciuszko National Park to get hands-on experience of how all the different elements of the environment, including soils, geology, climate and ecology, interact.
Don’t get us wrong, you can learn a lot about environment management on campus. But getting your hands dirty at the National Arboretum Canberra gives you a whole new perspective.
It might look like they’re playing with fire, but these ANU students are participating in cutting-edge research that helps us better prepare for the inevitable bushfires that occur across Australia every year. Fire in the Environment is a course that explores a range of themes concerning bushfires.
In January 2018 a group of 25 students touched down in Ho Chi Minh City and commenced a 3-week field school in Vietnam. Supported by the New Colombo Plan, the students learned first-hand about the big challenges faced by the region. In this video hear from the participants about what they got out of the trip.
With Covid19 restrictions, lecturers are coming up with innovative ways to teach students field work. Dr David Freudenberger explains how he's adapted his class at ANU's Kiola Campus to a virtual version.
Bushfire is an integral part of the Australian landscape but it can also can be extremely harmful. Understanding bushfires can help us manage our landscapes better. Researchers at ANU have been conducting a long-term study at Booderee National Park to capture critical data on how bushfires impact ecosystems. In this video, hear about the work they do at the site.
Kate Grarock took an unlikely path to university, leaving school early and starting a five-year military career. After finishing her PhD at ANU on the effective management of introduced species, Kate worked as an ecologist on the research and restoration of locally extinct species in the ACT. In this video find out what has motivated Kate’s career in wildlife conservation and science communication.
Just 90 minutes’ drive from the Melbourne CBD there are forests of Mountain Ash trees- the world’s largest flowering plant. These trees are a primary resource for Victoria in terms of biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water supply. Understanding the forests is critical to managing them effectively. In this video, hear from Professor David Lindenmayer, who has captured long-term data of the Mountain Ash forests for more than 30 years.
Researchers have found a way to help one of Australia’s rarest birds – the forty-spotted pardalote - ‘self-fumigate’ their nests, to protect their young from deadly parasites.
In this video, find out how researchers from the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society are monitoring the remaining birds, providing critical data on their health and population size.
In 2019 a group of ANU students travelled to Fiji for a three week intensive course, the Fiji Field School. This was to study island sustainability, environmental issues, and share a cultural experience. This was undertaken as part of the Fenner School of Environment & Society in the College of Science.