How much water does it take to grow a duck?

Wetlands, despite their name, aren’t always wet. But when the rain starts and the rivers flow theses dynamic landscapes can flourish with life. Though the question remains, how much water is enough? Freshwater ecosystems have been significantly altered by water management for human use. In particular, flow regulation has resulted in enormous declines in both the extent and health of wetlands. In 2018 Lindsey Frost … Continue reading How much water does it take to grow a duck?

How does a truffle travel?

    How does a truffle travel? Sounds like a cheesy joke buts its a serious ecological question. Truffles are underground fungi that are dug up by animals and spread throughout forests. Their presence in the soil helps plants survive and cause soils to be turned over by animals. Fungi provide vital ecosystem functions by forming mycorrhizal associations with plants and are vital to the … Continue reading How does a truffle travel?

Ep 63. Marine biology, coral reefs and tiny fishes with Chris Goatley

What do animals do? It may sound like a very simple question but for many biologists it can be very hard to answer. For marine biologist Chris Goatley studying small, elusive cryptobenthic fish, understanding what they get up to is both an incredible challenge and adventure. Teeny tiny fish make up a huge amount of biomass in coral reefs across the globe and we actually … Continue reading Ep 63. Marine biology, coral reefs and tiny fishes with Chris Goatley

Ep 61. Wetlands, waterbirds and food webs with Lindsey Frost

Wetlands aren’t always wet. Sounds strange but in an arid country like Australia, wetlands may be dry for decades at a time  until water arrives via rain and flooding events. These unique habitats provide crucial resources for diverse ecosystems that thrive under dynamic boom-and-bust situations. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/jrech2/LindseyFrost.mp3 Lindsey Frost is a wetland ecologist from the University of New England who is setting out to answer the … Continue reading Ep 61. Wetlands, waterbirds and food webs with Lindsey Frost

Ep 60. Green cities, mole crickets, and impostor syndrome with Dieter Hochuli

“A society grows great when men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”  – Greek proverb Dieter Hochuli is an invertebrate biologist and urban ecologist from the University of Sydney that studies how nature survives in towns and cities. His research investigates the ecological, economical and psychological benefits of nature in cities, and how our modern way of life affects the … Continue reading Ep 60. Green cities, mole crickets, and impostor syndrome with Dieter Hochuli

Ep 55. Searching for the ‘lost’ Desert Rat Kangaroo with Karl Vernes

The Desert Rat Kangaroo (Caloprymnus campestris), or ‘oolaculnta’ was last seen by scientist Hedley Herbert Finlayson in the 1930’s. Since then there have been a number of accounts which suggest that this rare and elusive creature may still be out there, in the stony deserts of South Australia. In Australia, which has one of the worst records for mammal extinctions due to human activity, finding … Continue reading Ep 55. Searching for the ‘lost’ Desert Rat Kangaroo with Karl Vernes

Ep 51. Leaky pipelines and chytrid fungus with Deborah Bower

Amphibian populations across the globe have been declining rapidly, and the most dangerous contributor to this is the chytrid fungus; a skin disease that affects frogs and salamanders. Dr Deborah Bower from the University of New England says that if we want to have any chance of saving these species then we need to conserve as much of their native habitat as possible. In an … Continue reading Ep 51. Leaky pipelines and chytrid fungus with Deborah Bower