How can computer vision supercharge fish connectivity research?

How can computer vision supercharge fish connectivity research?

By Sebastian Lopez-Marcano  Read Time: 344 words, about 3 minutes. Studying animal movement is crucial. Animal movement research is conducted to monitor ecosystem health, understand ecological dynamics and address management and conservation questions. In marine environments, there are different methods to measure fish movement. From nets, tags and statistical modelling, the use of different techniques [...]

Bring living waters back to our planet

Bring living waters back to our planet

Rivers, lakes, and wetlands support extraordinary diversity. Such bodies of water host more species per square kilometre than forests or oceans. Yet they are losing this biodiversity two to three times faster than forests and oceans. Populations of freshwater animals, including river dolphins, sturgeon, beavers, crocodiles, and giant turtles, have already plummeted by 88%.

Cautious optimism for the mighty Indian Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

Cautious optimism for the mighty Indian Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

By Dr Michael Sievers and Dr Mahua Roy Chowdhury Read Time: 481 words about 3 minutes. Royal Bengal Tiger. Photo: Unknown. Despite historic clearing and an Endangered status, there are positive signs when it comes to one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the world - The Indian Sundarbans. The Indian Sundarbans form part of [...]

Coastal freshwater wetlands: the forgotten (wet)lands

Coastal freshwater wetlands: the forgotten (wet)lands

By PhD candidate Rebekah Grieger Read Time: 468 words about 4 minutes. Wetlands are important features in the coastal landscape, providing many important ecosystem services. Much of the research into coastal wetlands focuses on the salty ones – mangroves, saltmarsh, seagrass – but there are equally important wetlands just up-stream that are generally overlooked, coastal freshwater wetlands.  Our [...]

Data science: The new language of ecologists

Data science: The new language of ecologists

By PhD candidate Sebastian Lopez-Marcano  Read Time: 416 words about 3 minutes. Data creates magic. In ecology, data is necessary to make targeted management decisions. New tools (i.e. deep learning / computer vision) are allowing data to be processed at vast rates which is making data more accessible and useful. However, converting raw data into meaningful insights for ecological research can be challenging.  Data nodes. Photo: Akamai. Through the years, ecologists have become familiar [...]

Fragmentation threatens mangrove forests but protection can help – in some areas

Fragmentation threatens mangrove forests but protection can help – in some areas

By Dr Mischa Turschwell Read Time: 342 words about 2 minutes. Mangrove forest conservation is increasingly attracting international interest. That’s because mangroves support incredible biodiversity, enhance fisheries, protect vulnerable coastal communities from storms, and reduce climate change by storing carbon.  Lone Mangrove Sunset. Photo: Unknown. Unfortunately, mangrove forests remain one of the worlds most threatened ecosystems. Pressures from forest fragmentation, climate change, increasing exploitation [...]

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 [...]

Are trees greener near salmon spawning streams?

Are trees greener near salmon spawning streams?

By Dr Chris Brown  Reading Time: 557 words about 3 minutes. We usually think of nutrients moving down rivers to the ocean, not the other way around. But in many temperate rivers of the northern hemisphere migration of salmon brings nutrients from the ocean to rivers and surrounding vegetation.  Male Pink Salmon, identifiable because of [...]

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 [...]