News & events

Magpie-lark pair duetting. Image: Pawel Rek

Reality and illusion in magpie-lark song-and-dance duets

A new study shows Australian magpie-larks may use a ventriloquial illusion to make their vocal duets more threatening.

Wild animals are evolving faster than anybody thought

To measure the speed of adaptive evolution in the wild, we studied 19 populations of birds and mammals over several decades. We found they were evolving at twice to four times the speed suggested by earlier work.

Wild animals evolving much faster than previously thought

The raw material for evolution is much more abundant in wild animals than we previously believed, according to new research.


E&E Seminar: Better together? Group decision making in velvet worms, social insects and giant amoebas

1pm 13 Oct 2022
Organisms display a wide variety of social behaviours ranging from nesting aggregations to parental care to the amazingly complex societies found in eusocial insects such as honeybees, termites and ants.

E&E Seminar: Our rather surprising highland grasslands and their future: the ecology and ecophysiology of an ecosystem

1pm 20 Oct 2022
Highland grasslands present a familiar landscape to anyone keen on mountain areas. These ecosystems are aesthetically pleasing, support many endemic species and are important grazing lands for both native animals and stock.

37th meeting of the Australian New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry

9am 11 Dec – 1pm 13 Dec 2022
3rd Announcement for early bird registration and abstract submission for the 37th meeting of the Australian New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry

Event recordings

2 September 2022

Truc Nguyen, Gordon Group, E&E, RSB

Extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) strains are responsible for the majority of extra-intestinal infections in humans, including urinary tract infections,...

31 August 2022

Yun Hsiao, Rowell Group, E&E, RSB

Cycads are subtropical and tropical palm-like gymnosperms, commonly known as “living fossils” as they arose in the late Paleozoic and were much more diverse and dominant during...

26 August 2022

Lauren Harrison, Head & Jennions Groups, E&E, RSB

Males compete against each other for female attention, for access to mating opportunities, and the sperm of multiple males can compete to fertilise a female’s eggs.

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...