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.
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.
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.
As part of the 2019 Fiji Field School, students explored a coral reef to document it's health and use that data for further study back at the ANU. This was undertaken as part of the Fenner School of Environment & Society in the College of Science.
Dr Yebra presents an overview of how satellite data informs bushfire management giving specific examples for the 2019-2020 fire season.
This presentation outlines some key insights into the effects of, and recovery from wildfires. It is based on the past 37 years of detailed research completed by Professor David Lindenmayer and his group, and includes new information from the most recent 2019-2020 wildfires including impacts on particular species, forest types and the extent of old growth forest as well as the role of logging in elevating fire risks.
Cats make good pets, but Australians also care about our native wildlife and enjoy seeing it around the places we live and work. New research has combined the insights from 66 different studies to quantify the impact of pet cats that are allowed outdoors on Australian wildlife; here is a snapshot of the findings.
A major scorecard gives the health of Australia’s environment less than 1 out of 10. Immediate action is needed to put Australia’s environment on a course to recovery.