REDEFINING SUCCESS IN MARINE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

REDEFINING SUCCESS IN MARINE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

"We’ve entered the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. As the world ramps up their restoration efforts in response to widespread environmental degradation, we need to maximise success and the benefits that the environment and humanity get from these efforts."

“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!"

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."

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]