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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Environment, planning and architecture

Waste management recognised by the United Nations

Griffith University has been recognised by the United Nations as an expert in waste management. The UN has shown the university is one of the top in Australia in this area, hosting a workshop on waste management at the Nathan campus in a first for Queensland. A  15-member Vietnamese delegation from the country’s Ministry of […]
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Cities Research Institute

Planning experts take home major award

They are some of the biggest campaign issues during the State Election and Griffith University’s experts have been recognised for them at the recent Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Awards – Queensland. Urban issues are what everyday Queenslanders are concerned about so it’s no surprise Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews’s radio show Urban […]
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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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Cities Research Institute

Local farmers creating value from waste

A sugar cane farming family on the Gold Coast has found a way to do well by doing less. As the farming community shrinks along the South East Queensland corridor, the Keith family, who are based at Woongoolba and own Rocky Point, were constantly wondering ‘what next’ to keep their land and turn a profit. […]
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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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Griffith School of Environment

Having a whale of a time researching

Griffith University researchers are using humpback whales as “canaries in the coalmine” to tell them what’s happening in Antarctica. A team lead by Associate Professor Susan Bengtson Nash, of Griffith’s Southern Ocean Persistent Organic Pollutants Program (SOPOPP), has been monitoring the East coast of Australia migrating population for the past 10 years. Professor Bengston Nash said they used the […]
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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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Alumni

Adam revelling in vital Commonwealth Games role

Planning graduate Adam Jarrett is living a career dream with his role for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
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Griffith School of Environment

Stung with a passion to reveal more on stingrays

They camouflage and hide in the shallows, possessing a weapon that has been known to cause fatal injuries – it’s no wonder stingrays have a bad reputation. But a Griffith University researcher is hoping to change that, one of only a handful of people in the country studying the marine creatures known to have delivered […]
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Architecture

Conrad Gargett supports an Indonesian World Heritage listing application

Architecture students from Griffith University have undergone a detailed cultural heritage study in Indonesia. Conrad Gargett, a leading Australian practice in architecture, urban design and planning, interior design and landscape architecture, supported the study tour, underpinned by the Semarang local government’s World Heritage listing application. The tour culminated with Griffith hosting a photographic exhibition – […]
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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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Griffith School of Engineering

Wireless sensor technology to monitor environments

Cash-poor local councils and developing countries don’t need huge budgets to obtain valuable, continuous environmental data to inform sustainable management policies, new research suggests. Griffith University’s Dr Jarrod Trevathan and the University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Ron Johnstone are refining a wireless sensor network technology known as SEMAT (Smart Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Technologies) that […]
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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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Griffith School of Environment

Pace of renewable energy shift leaves city planners struggling to keep up

Renewable energy is driving profound changes in cities. It’s happening much more quickly than was expected even five years ago.
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Corporate

Make science a priority this National Science Week

Science leaders have issued a call to action ahead of National Science Week – make science a priority and prepare for jobs of the future. Queensland Science Minister Leeanne Enoch and 2017 Australian of the Year, Griffith University Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim, have both sent strong messages to the community urging them to embrace STEM […]
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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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