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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.


New Monash study has implications for Senate Inquiry into Mitochondrial Donation


A study led by Monash biologists has found for the first time that some mutations in mitochondrial DNA – are ‘sexually antagonistic’, that is, good for one sex, but bad for the other.


Wrong assumptions about how organisms reproduce threatens world fisheries, study warns

An international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that larger fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought.


Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans

When catching and eating large prey, top predators use tools like sharp teeth and strong claws to tear apart their food. Such weapons are common in predators on the land, but in the water, animals like seals and whales are better known for having streamlined flippers that help them swim.

A school of surgeon fish spawning with predators lurking

It’s tough at the top – ‘energetics of growth’ emphasises challenges for predatory fish

A new study looking at growth patterns in fish has found that the ‘cost’ of growth is central to determining how energy moves between levels in the food chain.

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