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New horizons: what can a biologist bring to the study of language endangerment?

The biologists and the linguists at ANU might sit on different sides of the campus, but Professor Lindell Bromham from the ANU Research School of Biology says it wasn’t difficult to see the benefits in the two disciplines coming together.

Listen to the Albert’s lyrebird: the best performer you’ve never heard of

Mention the superb lyrebird, and you’ll probably hear comments on their uncanny mimicry of human sounds, their presence on the 10 cent coin, and their stunning tail. Far less known – but equally, if not more, impressive – is the Albert’s lyrebird.

Changes to bird behaviour linked to climate change

A new study from researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) rolls back the curtain on half a century of evidence detailing the impact of climate change on more than 60 different bird species.

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26 May 2022

Jeff Powell, Western Sydney University

The vast majority of plants are mycorrhizal, with two of the most dominant types (arbuscular [AM] and ectomycorrhizal [EcM]) existing at opposite ends of multiple spectra.

19 May 2022

Peter Unmack

Carp gudgeons in eastern Australia have evolved a complex and quirky system of hemiclonal unisexual reproduction.

12 May 2022

Erin Macartney, University of New South Wales

An individual’s environment can substantially impact its health, fitness, and the traits it invests energy to. This is something that I am particularly interested in and has been...

5 May 2022

Joanne Bennett, Fenner School, ANU

The majority of the world’s plants rely on animal pollination at least to some degree for reproduction.

28 April 2022

Simon Griffith, Macquarie University

The long-tailed finch, Poephila acuticauda provides a long-established example of sub-species divergence across the Top-End of Australia based on bill colour, with red-billed...

22 April 2022

Rocco Notarnicola, Nicotra Group, E&E, RSB

The climate is warming fast, threatening species persistence and biodiversity. Being sessile, plants must respond and adapt to changing environmental conditions in situ.

21 April 2022

Dr Laura Wilson, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU

Bat echolocation is considered one of the most complex and diverse modes of sensory perception in animals, but its origin and evolutionary history is a highly contentious issue...

25 March 2022

Mahin Chavoshi Jolfaei, Rowell Group, E&E, RSB

Pompilidae is a family of solitary wasps with more than 5000 species worldwide and approximately 260 in Australia.

17 March 2022

Hauke Koch, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)

Pollinators are under threat from anthropogenic influences such as changed and reduced pollen and nectar resources from agricultural intensification, and emerging pathogens...

4 March 2022

Kalya Subasinghe, Langmore Group, E&E, RSB

Climate has changed rapidly since the end of 19thcentury due to increased emission of greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere.