The role of wetlands in improving water quality and protecting coastal ecosystems

The role of wetlands in improving water quality and protecting coastal ecosystems

By Melanie Roberts and Fernanda Adame Article Read Time: 524 words about 3 minutes. The 2019 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report from the Australian Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority identifies the risk of nutrient runoff from catchments for the reef as Very High, the same rating as the 2014 and 2009 reports.  --- This [...]

Director’s Welcome to ARI Magazine Edition 3

Director’s Welcome to ARI Magazine Edition 3

Australian Rivers Institute Director, Stuart Bunn. We welcome you back to another edition of the Australian RiversInstitute (ARI) Magazine. (Link). Over the past few months our staff have been active in strengthening research partnerships and establishing new connections across the globe. The importance of connections, not only with fellow researchers, industry and government but also [...]

Can trees control algal blooms – you’d be surprised

Can trees control algal blooms – you’d be surprised

By Professor Michele Burford Reading Time: 537 words, about 3 minutes. Algal blooms are a major issue for water security globally and in Australia. We have seen the damage algal blooms have had on Murray-Darling Basin and the issues Florida have had with the recent 'red tide' epidemic. As our climate changes, we can expect [...]

Turtley sick moves: rescuing weak sea turtles and the science aimed at helping their equally weak populations

Turtley sick moves: rescuing weak sea turtles and the science aimed at helping their equally weak populations

  Author: Dr Ryan Pearson Sea turtles are threatened. Literal boatloads of things affect their already low survival rates, most attributable to humans. Plastics, fishing entanglements, temperature increases, habitat degradation and actual boat strikes are killing turtles and affecting their populations in many other ways. Ultimately threatening their very existence. Knowing this, when my buddy [...]

Fulfilling dreams – helping to protect Australia’s sea turtles

Fulfilling dreams – helping to protect Australia’s sea turtles

  Author: Laura Griffiths Emergent is a five-part blog series that takes a fresh look at ARI’s early career researchers – a group of driven, passionate people with a shared sense of responsibility about our changing world. These emerging scholars are developing skills and applying them to real world issues.  Some are even taking opportunities [...]

Success-ARI hosts world’s first cynobacteria Twitter Conference

Success-ARI hosts world’s first cynobacteria Twitter Conference

By Dr Man Xiao On 24 Oct 2018, and aligning with the International Day of Climate Action, the Australia Rivers Institute at Griffith University hosted the first ever online cyanobacterial Twitter Conference (Twitter hashtag: #cyanoTC2018). It was a success, with 22 presentations from all over the world covering: modelling, experimental and field studies, cyanotoxin measurement [...]

Prawn chemical “fingerprints” identify human influences in urban coastal habitats

Prawn chemical “fingerprints” identify human influences in urban coastal habitats

"We found that prawns collected closer to shore had higher concentrations of potential pollutants" says Dr Munroe

To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

If there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef

New fellow to explore how toxic metals reshape frog metamorphosis

New fellow to explore how toxic metals reshape frog metamorphosis

We are excited to be hosting a new Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recently awarded to Dr Chantal Lanctôt by the Australian Research Council.  Dr Lanctôt began her productive career in ecotoxicology at the University of Ottawa. She comes to the Australian Rivers Institute via Central Queensland University, where she was recently awarded her PhD, for [...]