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‘Gene drives’ could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

Pest species are not news to continental Australia: animals either deliberately introduced or brought here accidentally by boat have wreaked havoc for decades. Gene driving is a technique that aims to humanely spread a “faulty” gene through a population and triggers population collapse. Environment Institute Researchers Thomas Prowse, Phillip Cassey, Talia Wittmann and Paul Thomas suggests this […]

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Open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull – There is No Planet B

A group of scientists and industry leaders have called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action on climate change. In an open letter entitled There Is No Planet B, 154 Australian scientists urged the Government to address the root causes of climate change. “We are as humans conducting a massive science experiment with this […]

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New Paper – No need for disease: testing extinction hypotheses for the thylacine using multi-species metamodels

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Thomas Prowse, Corey Bradshaw (also SARDI), Michael Watts and Barry Brook as well as Christopher Johnson (University of Tasmania), Robert Lacy (Chicago Zoological Society) and John Pollak (Cornell University) has recently been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The paper titled ‘No need for disease: testing extinction […]

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New Paper: Climate change, variability and conservation impacts in Australia

A new paper written by Environment Institute members Thomas Prowse and Barry Brook has recently been published in the Journal Pacific Conservation Biology. The paper is titled ‘Climate change, variability and conservation impacts in Australia’ and talks about why Australian conservation scientists, managers and decision makers must come to grips with anthropogenic climate change, imposed […]

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Testing extinction hypotheses for the Tasmanian Tiger using multi-species ‘metamodels’

Biodiversity Month Guest Post by Thomas Prowse. Thomas is a post-doctoral fellow in the Global Ecology Laboratory of the Environment Institute. His research focuses on extending individual-based models to reflect complex biological systems, by integrating information from disparate fields such as population biology, climatology, epidemiology and predator-prey theory. At a time of accelerated species loss, […]

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