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Invasive species

Global register aims to curtail the spread of invasive species

Four decades ago, a small black and yellow wasp skipped across the equator from its native Europe and into Tasmania. Or did it?

Biology 3 April, 2019

Common weed unlocks new clues to understanding adaptation

A study led by Monash University biologists using the invasive plant ‘annual ragweed’ has found that adaptation to new environments can occur rapidly and consistently.

Biology 28 November, 2018
Antarctic environments are changing quickly. How this continues is up to us, as the work in Nature demonstrates. Image Credit: S.L. Chown, Monash University.

Antarctica in 2070: What future will we choose?

Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published today in Nature.

Biology 14 June, 2018
Madeleine de Jong

Biological Sciences PhD candidate wins top Monash scholarship award

Congratulations to School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate Madeleine de Jong who has won one of two Sir James McNeill Postgraduate Research Scholarships awarded by Monash University in 2018.

Science 1 February, 2018
Common Myna

New tool to tackle biological invasions

A Monash researcher has played a key role in developing the world’s first register designed to collate information about invasive species as part of an international effort to prevent biological invasions.

Biology 24 January, 2018
Springtails, such as this neanurid species, play a key role in terrestrial ecosystems. Image: ChownLab, Monash University.

Major threats to soil ecosystems from a combination of invasive species and climate change

Soil ecosystems are critical for agriculture, biodiversity and human well-being. Poor soil health means a poor planetary outlook.

Biology 19 December, 2017
Ms Emma Bennett

Dogs are now nature’s best friend, too

A new study has found that dogs can greatly aid conservation efforts in finding rare species by smelling out their poo.

Biology 27 November, 2017
Pinot-Gris-Grapes

Tackling Biosecurity – how a Monash Masters is providing solutions

Problem plants, animals and diseases that negatively impact society, economies and the environment are on the rise. People move species around the world with them and their goods - we have been doing it for centuries, but the volumes have

Features and Opinion 10 October, 2017
Crabeater seals on an ice floe

Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica: study finds

An international study led by Monash scientists has debunked the popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world.

Biology 19 May, 2017