My PhD Journey: From Brazil to Australia

My PhD Journey: From Brazil to Australia

By Dr Bianca Molinari Article Read Time: 974 words about 8 minutes. I've often been called brave for doing a PhD so far away from home, I don't know if it's bravery, but it's certainly rewarding. As a Brazilian, I couldn’t have picked any country further from home to complete my PhD than, Australia. Taking on [...]

FIREFIGHTING CHEMICALS: HOW ARE THEY AFFECTING OUR NATIVE SPECIES? (EXPERT OPINIONS WANTED)

FIREFIGHTING CHEMICALS: HOW ARE THEY AFFECTING OUR NATIVE SPECIES? (EXPERT OPINIONS WANTED)

"As the frequency and severity of bushfires increase due to climate change, Australian biodiversity is facing significant threats. A range of strategies and policies are in place to manage the damage of fires on species and ecosystems, including the use of fire-fighting chemicals."

Storm Chasers: the challenges of sampling storms

Storm Chasers: the challenges of sampling storms

"Often during flood events, water from agricultural catchments will erode productive agricultural soils and carry large loads of sediment and nutrients to downstream estuaries and coastal areas. This can threaten the provision of safe drinking water for humans and the ecology of marine ecosystems, as well as sometimes necessitating costly sediment dredging and disposal operations."

The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast — new research

The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast — new research

"Our research, published today, paints a grim picture. We estimate that even under the most optimistic emissions scenarios, we’ll see dramatic reductions in coral reef growth globally. The good news is that 63% of all reefs in this emissions scenario will still be able to grow by 2100."

A promising large-scale revegetation opportunity for the northern Murry-Darling Basin.

A promising large-scale revegetation opportunity for the northern Murry-Darling Basin.

"Revegetating abandoned agricultural land is critical for maintaining sustainability and biodiversity within our farming landscapes. Our recent paper demonstrated the feasibility of a large-scale revegetation approach in one of Australia’s most iconic agricultural regions, the Murray-Darling Basin."

When good animals like bad habitats: ecological traps in the marine environment

When good animals like bad habitats: ecological traps in the marine environment

"By altering the environment, are humans tricking animals into making poor life choices?"

IS THE SEAGRASS GETTING ENOUGH LIGHT? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN TELL US

IS THE SEAGRASS GETTING ENOUGH LIGHT? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN TELL US

"Seagrasses are flowering plants that live submerged in salty water and perform vital ecosystem services that help us and the food-webs that rely on them. For example, seagrasses capture and store more atmospheric carbon (per unit area) than many terrestrial plants, they act as nursery areas for important fishery species, and provide coastal protection against things like erosion and storm surges," Dr Ryan Pearson.

PREDICTING CARBON EMISSIONS FROM MANGROVE LOSS TO COUNT PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

PREDICTING CARBON EMISSIONS FROM MANGROVE LOSS TO COUNT PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

"Under the Paris Climate Agreement, nations need to show how they intend to reduce carbon emissions. Protection of mangroves is an important climate action, because mangroves accumulate three to ten times more carbon than most ecosystems on the planet. But actions for reducing emissions by reducing loss of mangrove forests can be contentious."

MULTIPLE STRESSORS IN COASTAL WETLANDS: SHIFTING OUR FOCUS TO REAL WORLD SCENARIOS

MULTIPLE STRESSORS IN COASTAL WETLANDS: SHIFTING OUR FOCUS TO REAL WORLD SCENARIOS

By Andria Ostrowski Read Time: 504 words, about 3 minutes. Vegetated coastal wetlands including saltmarshes, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows store large amounts of carbon, protect shorelines from storms and erosion, support enormous biodiversity and improve water quality by filtering nutrients, contaminants and sediments. Despite their ecological and economic importance, increasing human settlement and development [...]

ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGIST TACKLES DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WATER AND PEOPLE

ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGIST TACKLES DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WATER AND PEOPLE

Author: Alyssa Giffin Read Time: 935 words about 6 minutes. Transition is a five-part blog series, the sequel to Emergent, that follows ARI’s Post-Doc Research Fellows as they navigate the next stage of their academic journey post-PhD. Take a journey with them and hear about some of the lessons they have learnt and what drives [...]