Maths buffs around the world celebrated Pi Day on Tuesday, March 14th. The Greek letter Pi “π” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past the decimal point. As an irrational number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to calculate more and more digits.
In a Western Australian first, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Recfishwest, University of Western Australia and South Coast Natural Resource Management to restore native oyster reefs to Oyster Harbour in Albany, WA.
UWA Albany researcher Dr Harriet Paterson has been conducting research into the impact of plastics on the coastal environment. Dr Paterson visited Walpole, Esperance, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay i recently to collect samples of beach sand to analyse the quantity of micro-plastics in the samples and determine where plastics become concentrated on beaches.
Seven postgraduate students from Bristol University in the United Kingdom are spending 10 weeks working with UWA Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the ecology unique to the Great Southern.
The students are completing a Master of Science degree majoring in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation and have chosen to do research projects with the University of Western Australia as part of their studies.
The Great Southern International Colloquia on Biodiversity aim to provide a forum for leading scientists, practitioners and the public to share and advance knowledge in biodiversity science, management and cultural appreciation.
The large wildfire that engulfed extensive areas of forest, damp plains and scattered granite outcrops in the Northcliffe area in February this year has yielded an unexpected gift – a species of plant completely new to science. The species is a Haemodorum or blood root, a group of bulbous herbs with about 30 species distributed across well-watered parts of Australia, one extending into southern Papua.
Professor Peter Eastwood from the Centre for Sleep Science at the University of Western Australia spoke to a full house of enthusiastic community members at the UWA Albany public lecture on November 24th.
Professor Eastwood discussed the causes of sleep apnoea and its current treatments. He also talked about the causes of sleep apnoea, and in particular the importance of the structure of the face, head and neck.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM), Murdoch University and the Department of Fisheries have just completed one of the largest research projects on endangered freshwater fish in south-western Australia.
The three-year project provides exciting new information on the distribution and ecology of three of the region’s most endangered freshwater fish – the Western Trout Minnow, Balston’s Pygmy Perch and Little Pygmy Perch.
Agricultural clearing and drains installed by farmers to lower water tables and manage salinity are inadvertently impacting waterways in one of the largest and most botanically significant regions in Australia, according to new research from The University of Western Australia.
The journal ‘Ecology and Society’ has published recent findings by researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management that will help the agricultural industry develop sustainable land management strategies.
Leading the research was Dr Neil Pettit who believes that the speed of environmental change is perhaps the greatest challenge for natural resource management.
CENRM and UWA Albany has launched a fortnightly segment on ABC Great Southern Radio. CENRM researcher Dr Peter Speldewinde and ABC presenter Donna Dabala will talk about a variety scientific research being undertaken in the Great Southern Region, and further afield from across Australia and internationally. Topics of discussion will include interesting facts about some of the regions plants, animals and landscapes.
An Australian Research Council Discovery grant has enabled the first of a series of honours and postgraduate studies on two of Southwest Australia’s most endearing marsupials – the Honey Possum and the Western Pygmy Possum.
A surge in interest in nature-based tourism has led The University of Western Australia to develop a Master of Ecotourism degree. Unique to UWA Albany, it will be the only postgraduate course of its kind available in Western Australia.