Turtle barnacle researcher tracking them down

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]

Seagrass study key to ecosystem success

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]

Amazing algae ring find can show climate changes

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]

Environmental water needs for the Mitchell River

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]

Links between Gulf Rivers and aquatic productivity

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]

Leading lake ecologist stresses we must build resilience

Australian Rivers Institute
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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 […]