Research that aims to reduce the risk of mine tailings failure and a project to improve understanding of the ecology and hydrology of streams in arid areas are two new research projects at The University of Western Australia to receive Federal Government funding.
Andrew and Nicola Forrest today announced the first recipients of the prestigious Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships – with the five recipients flying in from around the world to accept their scholarship.
IsoEcol 9 2014 was held at The University of Western Australia and brought together an exciting mix of researchers from local, national and international universities, industry and government with interests in the development and application of stable isotope techniques to the ecological sciences.
The organising committee welcomed delegates to the 12th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference which was held at the University Club on the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia, Perth, from Wed 10th July to Fri 12th July.
Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.
Recently I went to see the movie Red Dog, which is set in the Pilbara, a place very close to my heart.
This gentle film captured not just the joys of living with a cheeky kelpie who does exactly as it pleases (also close to my heart) but how the shimmering horizon beckons, where blue sky sweeps across a red and yellow landscape and where the red dust gets under your skin - and just about everywhere else.
Was it the more highly developed Homo sapiens that spelled the end for Neanderthal man? Did he die out because he could not find enough meat to satisfy his extreme 5,000-calorie a day hunger? Or was it simply the cold that caused the extinction of our massive cousins?
Bringing together all the systems that create a functioning natural
world might seem like an overwhelming task. To overcome this the members
of UWA's Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative (TERI) break it all
down to the tiniest parts - microbes - to start to understand how the