Orangutan teeth hold key to nursing habits and conservation

Environmental Futures Research Institute
A Griffith University researcher hopes a new discovery on orangutan weaning could help conservation efforts for the highly endangered primate. Associate Professor Tanya Smith, from the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) team, based in Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute, aged museum specimens using growth lines in their molar teeth and mapped barium, an […]
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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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Environment, planning and architecture

Science students have a hoot owl spotting

They’re not just magical creatures reserved for students at Hogwarts – owls also call Griffith University home. Griffith Sciences students studying ecology this semester were lucky enough to spot some rare powerful owls during their field work on the Gold Coast campus. Dr Guy Castley, of the Griffith School of Environment, said the students were completing a […]
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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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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Registrations open for historic sustainability leadership program

Griffith University has announced the opening of registrations, along with the first cohort of prominent program faculty members for next year’s Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership Program (EESLP). The EESLP is an internationally renowned sustainability program to be hosted by the Griffith University EcoCentre from the 6th to the 9th of March 2018, currently delivered […]
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Arts Education Law

Education spotlight falls on research ‘powerhouse’

Griffith recognised on national stage for graduate research education
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Alumni

Griffith research excellence honoured

Leading Griffith University researchers have been honoured at the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards held at the Gold Coast campus.
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Environment, planning and architecture

Not survival of the fittest for Tassie devils

Fit and healthy Tasmanian devils are being taken down by deadly facial tumours that are attacking the “best” animals in the population, according to novel research led by Griffith University. The research, published in the scientific journal Ecology Letters, shows that devils that catch devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) have higher survival and reproductive rates […]
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Cities Research Institute

Get your green thumb out with groNATIVE

Gardening in southeast Queensland has never been easier with the swipe of a finger – or green thumb. The groNATIVE app – developed at Griffith University in partnership with Natura Pacific and funding from the State Government – includes profiles of more than 400 plants native to southeast Queensland. The app intuitively helps you find […]
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Researchers uncover prehistoric art and ornaments from Indonesian ‘Ice Age’

Griffith University archaeologists Associate Professor Adam Brumm, who with Indonesian colleagues led the excavations that yielded the new findings, and Dr Michelle Langley, who analysed the recovered ornaments and art objects. Griffith University archaeologists are part of a joint Indonesian-Australian team that has unearthed a rare collection of prehistoric art and ‘jewellery’ objects from the Indonesian […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Griffith scientists take on budding apprentices

Budding young scientists will get to collaborate with renowned researchers at this year’s World Science Festival. Provided as a chance for Queensland Secondary Schools to jumpstart their 2017 science programs, the World Science Festival Apprentice Programs, coordinated by Griffith University, may even provide the impetus and inspiration towards some award winning student projects. Held on March 22 […]
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Environmental Futures Research Institute

Research Centre for Human Evolution makes top 10 Science stories of 2016

Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution has once again made the Science list of top 10 stories for the year. It is the second time in three years the centre, officially launched last year,  has made the impressive international Science Magazine list. Making the sixth spot was the world-first Aboriginal genome research conducted […]
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