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Where do waterbirds go after breeding?

Waterbird populations are declining throughout the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). With limited environmental water available, a better understanding of waterbirds’ needs is essential to guide efforts to maintain and improve their habitats. Most importantly, how can we manage environmental watering to increase bird numbers through recruitment of young birds?

A team of researchers, including IAE’s Centenary Professor Ralph Mac Nally, is working to fill in knowledge gaps by tracking Straw-necked Ibises using satellite GPS transmitters. The work is supported by the


Animal extinction upsets forest balance: UC study

By Marcus Butler

The extinction of some native seed-spreading animals has had a serious impact on Guam’s tree population, according to a University of Canberra-led study published today.

The introduction of the Brown Treesnake about 60 years ago almost entirely wiped out its native birds, unbalancing the Pacific island’s ecosystem.

Scientists with the University’s Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) have examined the cascading effects that the devastation of the island’s bird life has had on its


Fighting the fungus felling our frogs

UC experts join other Australian researchers to call for increased efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly fungus wiping out frog species around the world.

By Marcus Butler

4 August  2017: Frogs around the world are increasingly under threat and many species have already become extinct because of a deadly fungus, now a group of scientists are demanding more action to halt the spread  of the chytrid fungus.

The disease, Chytridiomycosis, has been implicated in the mass die-offs and