Eye for Adventure

The ocean is there to be discovered and Steve Brady is an intrepid diver who has explored many underwater locations with a salty tale to tell. “We’ve got it all and there’s just so much diversity of marine life in and around Australia. It’s amazing” Brady says. “This is probably a funny thing to say but if I had gills I’d be a very happy boy.” With a litany of dive experiences under his belt, Brady wanted others to learn what the ocean has to offer. Informed by research from marine biologists and feedback from pro divers, he developed a … Continue reading Eye for Adventure

Ecologists Wild On Sound

Have you ever thought of using sound to navigate through the landscape? A team of scientists convert sound into a spectrum of coded colour bands to decipher hidden clues about the environment. Their work is making waves in ecology circles, with the identification of species so cryptic, trained specialists can’t spot them in the field.   In the paper “Long duration false colour spectrograms detecting species in large audio data sets” (Journal of Ecoacoustics) led by Dr Michael Towsey at the Queensland University of Technology, long duration sound recordings are visually represented in a false colour spectrogram (LDFC). By applying a … Continue reading Ecologists Wild On Sound

Healthy environment, Healthy future – An Editorial

Warming of the oceans is a reality with Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice melting at a rapid rate. Rising sea levels already affect many island nations and the coastlines of different countries will soon experience increasing shifts in the shoreline toward the land. The rate of environmental change though is often assumed to be something human society can deal with in the future. Decisions related to global warming and actions needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce carbon in the oceans, are too late for some animals and plants, the current rate of modern extinction is estimated by some … Continue reading Healthy environment, Healthy future – An Editorial

Viral Vectors for Change

Viruses have dominated the microscopic world of the oceans for billions of years and researchers find it difficult to track and isolate their activities because they are invisible to the naked eye. But science has finally caught up with these tiny vectors of change, says Marine researcher, Dr Karen Weynburg, a Synthetic Biology Fellow at the CSIRO and the University of Queensland. “For some people, it’s just not on their radar that viruses are so central to everything in life” Weynburg says. In the paper: Marine prasinoviruses and their tiny plankton hosts: a review, research led by Weynburg reported viruses … Continue reading Viral Vectors for Change