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Saving the Tassie devils from extinction

University of Canberra researcher and ARC Future Fellow Dr Janine Deakin is investigating the deadly facial tumour disease that is currently devastating the Tasmanian devil population.

Dr Deakin, a comparative genomics specialist, is conducting her research by comparing the normal devil genome to that of the tumour. Her investigation reveals how the tumour was initially

formed and how it evolves as it spreads throughout the population.

“This disease is unusual in that it is a contagious cancer,” Dr Deakin explains.

UC research informs A.C.T catchment fire management practice

A recently published paper by University of Canberra researchers has provided new insights into factors influencing fire recovery of the Lower Cotter River Catchment, part of the main water supply catchment for the A.C.T.

Dr Evan Harrison and a team of researchers from the Institute for Applied Ecology examined how pre- fire land use affected the rate of post- fire aquatic ecosystem recovery. This was achieved by assessing water turbidity levels in streams in both native vegetation and former pine forest