Seagrass study key to ecosystem success

Australian Rivers Institute
Declining seagrass meadows in Moreton Bay will be studied by an international team of researchers to overcome the largest remaining barrier to effective management of the world’s marine resources. The team, led by researchers from the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University and funded by the Australian Research Council, will develop new software tools that […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Eavesdropping on fish to measure river health

Researchers are using new technology to analyse the sounds of river inhabitants to understand the quality of their ecosystems.
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Australian Rivers Institute

Giving carp herpes may not yield desired effects, says Griffith expert

The Australian government’s plan to introduce the disease leaves many questions unanswered.
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Australian Rivers Institute

New projects to support ecologically sustainable development in Northern Australia

Griffith expertise adds value to cross-institutional research.
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Alumni

School of Environment celebrates 40 years of graduating students

Martin Taylor is doing his first mammal survey. He’s an excited student in Griffith University’s brand new School of Australian Environmental Studies. As part of the environmental studies foundation program – the first in the country for a university – nothing was off limits. Dr Taylor set his traps in the forest. He had no […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Turtle barnacle researcher tracking them down

The key to protecting critically endangered turtles could lie in their barnacles. While some people think barnacles growing on turtles is bad for them, Griffith University researcher Ryan Pearson said they could actually help protect the turtles, and shift conservation to where it’s needed most. “The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently added […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

What a pearl! New oyster to save the industry

A new Griffith University scientist has revealed plans to potentially save the struggling Queensland oyster industry. With the pressure of supplying sustainable food to a growing population, Dr Carmel McDougall of Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute has plans to revolutionise aquaculture by developing a new species of edible oyster. Dr McDougall has a history of working […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Griffith expert warns of more flooding if ecosystems aren’t remedied

A leading Australian rivers expert warns flooding will continue to impact our rivers and coastal waterways because our catchments are no longer resilient to extreme weather events. As parts of South-East Queensland experience flooding after a heavy rainfall band crossed the coast, rivers and water catchments are being pushed to the brink. Professor Stuart Bunn […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Amazing algae ring find can show climate changes

Scientists have discovered “tree rings” in coral-reef building algae that could show signs of impacts of climate change. The Griffith University team made the find using state-of-the-art techniques in laboratories at the Griffith University Nathan campus, the Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Similar to tree rings, skeletal banding can provide […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Environmental pollution researchers hit the Gold Coast

The chemicals you use in your daily life, which end up running off your garden or flowing down the sink, can have serious consequences for the wildlife that live in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Those are just some of the issues that hundreds of scientists will be discussing when they gather for an environmental […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Eureka! Griffith University team prize for Great Barrier Reef research

A Griffith University research team have taken out a prestigious 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for their work trying to save the Great Barrier Reef.
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Australian Rivers Institute

Tweets could help scientists monitor major ecosystems

New research from Griffith University suggests a love of sharing selfies and holiday snaps could be a boon for the environment. 
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Australian Rivers Institute

Environmental water needs for the Mitchell River

How might future development impact the important ecosystem linkages between rivers, floodplains and estuaries in north Queensland’s Mitchell River catchment? The answers to that question will be crucial to inform water allocation decisions that facilitate environmentally sustainable development in the region. Flowing into the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Mitchell River catchment supports many assets that […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Links between Gulf Rivers and aquatic productivity

With increasing interest in developing Gulf of Carpentaria catchments, a new Northern Hub project is improving our understanding of how water resource development could impact the health and productivity of floodplains, coastal areas and biodiversity (including fisheries) in the Gulf. The water that flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria along the Flinders, Gilbert and Mitchell rivers and […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Researchers showcase sea jelly research in Sea World partnership

Griffith University has partnered with Sea World to expand its research calibre and increase public awareness on marine conservation issues. Bringing the beauty and wonder of sea jellies to life with the announcement of the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit opening at the marine-park in April 2018, the exciting partnership will include a first-of-its-kind working research […]
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Atmospheric Environment Research Centre

Australia’s carbon-rich mangroves need protection

The thin green strip of mangrove wetlands around the tropical coastlines of Australia and the world are the most carbon-rich forests on earth but they are at risk. Professor Rod Connolly, a marine scientist from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute, is the co-author of new research that shows the vast reserves of carbon being sequestered […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Leading lake ecologist stresses we must build resilience

Faced with the threat of more frequent weather events, society must change its land use habits in order to protect our precious waterways from further damage. That is the view of new Professor David Hamilton who has joined Griffith University’s internationally renowned Australian Rivers Institute, bringing with him years of research and knowledge on lake […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Urgent action needed to protect world’s wetlands

Griffith University researchers have highlighted the urgent need for more effective conservation measures in a world-first assessment of global wetlands and the increasing pressures they face. A study led by scientists in Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute in collaboration with scientists from Canada, Spain and the USA has provided a consistent global portrait of inland wetland distribution, conservation […]
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