From our vast past to extreme future – Griffith offers answers at World Science Festival

Environmental Futures Research Institute
In its third year, the growing celebration of all things science and the only World Science Festival franchise outside of New York, WSF Brisbane promises to ignite debate and inspire discovery. Running from March 21-25, WSF Brisbane focuses on the theme of ‘humanity’, and will see Griffith University experts in the thick of discussions delving into […]
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Bird expert tweeting to the world on bird feeding

Environment, planning and architecture
As Australia reveals its bird of the year, Griffith University’s resident bird expert has shed light on the other issue the country is always torn on – feeding them. Professor Darryl Jones, of the Environmental Futures Research Institute, has released the first ever book on a topic that almost everyone has tried. Hailed as the […]
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Griffith researchers have you covered – umbrellas to protect against dingoes on Fraser Island

Environment, planning and architecture
The best way to shoo away a dingo might be carrying around an umbrella. Griffith University researchers have studied the least invasive methods to keep the well-known Australian animal on Fraser Island at bay since spates of incidents from 2001 prompted calls for more effective management interventions. PhD student Rob Appleby, of Griffith’s Environmental Futures […]
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Finger bone discovery believed to be from the oldest modern human found in Arabia

Griffith University played a key role in the team behind new research that describes the discovery of a fossil human finger bone at the site of Al Wusta, an ancient freshwater lake located in what is now the hyper-arid Nefud Desert, in Saudi Arabia.
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Environment, planning and architecture

When feathered visitors fly in – it’s OK to give them a feed

Australia's leading expert on birds says it's OK to feed wild birds - if done correctly - at home, challenging a widely held attitude that feeding birds is all bad.
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Architecture

Urban experts band together to launch new podcast

When trying to make sense of all around us and how we interact with our urban environment, six heads are better than one. Joining forces to launch a new podcast platform The Urban Broadcast Collective (UBC)  the gathering of the sharpest urban studies minds will look at a range of topics from city shaping to […]
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Humans and their pets help parasitic worms spread around the world

New research sheds light on the alarming adaptability of tapeworms and friends.
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

ARCHE helps rewrite timing for first humans out of Africa

Scientists from Griffith University have played a crucial role in helping an international team of archaeologists rewrite the timeline of human evolution and the migration of modern humans out of Africa. It had been widely accepted that Homo sapiens had moved out of Africa between 90,000 and 120,000 years ago but that has now been […]
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Environment, planning and architecture

End the ivory trade deadlock to protect elephants

A team of leading international researchers is working to break the stalemate on ivory trade policy.
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Ice Age children toys to be discovered

Griffith researchers are uncovering more about the “archaeologically invisible” – children of the Ice Age and their toys. Archaeologists have believed it near impossible to find toys from the deep past of Europe — the Palaeolithic, which dates to between around 45,000 to 11,000 years ago. Looking for children from this period is a relatively […]
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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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Environment, planning and architecture

Bachelor of Environmental Science accreditation shows complex degree

Griffith University is the first in Australia to be accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) for its Bachelor of Environmental Science. The accreditation recognises the content and teaching and Head of School Professor Chris Frid said it was a remarkable achievement. “This shows a maturing of the profession” he said. […]
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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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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Giant Australian marsupials were like no other

A giant prehistoric Ice Age marsupial related to wombats and koalas has been discovered to be the only marsupial known to have ever followed annual seasonal migration. Likening it to “Australia’s Ice Age Serengeti”, researchers tracked the now extinct megafauna diprotodon – a three-tonne beast up to 1.8m tall and 3.5mlong – using fossils and […]
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Griffith scientists given $2.1 million grant to study bat disease

More flying foxes are colonising urban areas, leading to a cascade of negative events, including poor health of bats, nuisance to human communities and Hendra virus spillover to horses. An international team of researchers has been awarded a $2.1 million US National Science Foundation grant to study how humans are contributing to emerging infectious diseases […]
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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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Environment, planning and architecture

Marine biogenic aerosols – the “Holy Grail” of climate science

Most people think of aerosols as something you’d get from a spray can but scientists are discovering more about how these atmospheric particles are protecting the planet. Research led by Griffith University and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in the USA, recently published by the American Meteorological Society, has revealed the role marine biogenic […]
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