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Issue 282: September 2021

Protecting biodiversity

An adult and infant bird pictured with beaks open. The infant is white and fluffy, the adult has a blue beak with striking black and white plumage.

Good afternoon from your editorial team, and from these brown boobies (Sula leucogaster), spotted by our scientists during our surveys of Ashmore Reef Marine Park.

This month we’re focusing on all things biodiversity, including how scientists on board RV Investigator are recording biodiversity above the ocean waves.

Plus, learn how you can put your citizen science prowess to use during lockdown.

Next month, we'll be covering climate and disaster resilience. Thanks for reading!

Under the microscope

In the field

A biodiversity treasure hunt at Ashmore Reef

Weeds and introduced species like tropical fire ants, and Asian house geckos could be putting the island ecosystems of Ashmore Reef Marine Park at risk. A team of scientists recently undertook one of the biggest ‘health checks’ of the Reef, 630 kilometres north of Broome.

Studying seabirds: recording biodiversity above ocean waves 

Seabirds are not easy to study. They are distributed patchily over the oceans, both in space and in time. But scientists on board the RV Investigator have been closely following their distribution and abundance throughout the Australian region, providing important insights into the health of our marine systems.

Collaborating with industry

Preparing the fishing industry for climate change

We've collaborated on a new evidence-based handbook that will help Australian fisheries respond to climate change to ensure sustainable seafood stocks.

Tiny nanopesticides promise big gains to farmers

New research has helped bring nanopesticides—tiny capsules capable of big impact—one step closer to regulatory approval.

Eye on ecosystems