“What’s it really like being a PhD at ARI?”

“What’s it really like being a PhD at ARI?”

"They have supported me throughout my PhD, through all the failures and successes, and I wouldn’t have made it through without them. They both provided me with guidance but also allowed me to follow through with my own ideas, even if they were possibly doomed from the beginning... All in all, I really lucked out with my supervisory team!"

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."

How will heatwaves and coral loss affect reef fisheries?

How will heatwaves and coral loss affect reef fisheries?

"There has been a lot of focus on the challenge of managing overfishing with the controversial new documentary Seaspiracy on Netflix. But the overfishing issue isn’t as simple as the picture that documentary paints," Dr Chris Brown.

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 [...]

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 [...]

The forgotten forests of the sea: Are they also threatened by climate change?

The forgotten forests of the sea: Are they also threatened by climate change?

By PhD Candidates Carolina Olguin Jacobson and Nur Arafeh Dalmau (Guest Co-Author) Read Time: 449 words about 3 minutes. Extreme climatic events, such as marine heatwaves, are threatening one of the most productive (but often forgotten) marine ecosystems; kelp forests.  Sea lions among kelp forest in a remote island Cedros, in Baja California, Mexico. Photo by: Nur Arafeh Dalmau.  The importance of terrestrial forests is well known, but their marine counterpart, underwater kelp forests, are [...]