World Water Day: balancing the needs of humans and nature

Australian Rivers Institute
We all know water is important, but have you ever thought about how our consumption of this precious resource affects the environment around us? Leading water experts will tackle complex issues associated with a resource 1.2 billion people lack access to when World Science Festival Brisbane launches next week coinciding with World Water Day. Professor Stuart […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Researchers showcase sea jelly research in Sea World partnership

Griffith University has partnered with Sea World to expand its research calibre and increase public awareness on marine conservation issues. Bringing the beauty and wonder of sea jellies to life with the announcement of the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit opening at the marine-park in April 2018, the exciting partnership will include a first-of-its-kind working research […]
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Atmospheric Environment Research Centre

Australia’s carbon-rich mangroves need protection

The thin green strip of mangrove wetlands around the tropical coastlines of Australia and the world are the most carbon-rich forests on earth but they are at risk. Professor Rod Connolly, a marine scientist from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute, is the co-author of new research that shows the vast reserves of carbon being sequestered […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Leading lake ecologist stresses we must build resilience

Faced with the threat of more frequent weather events, society must change its land use habits in order to protect our precious waterways from further damage. That is the view of new Professor David Hamilton who has joined Griffith University’s internationally renowned Australian Rivers Institute, bringing with him years of research and knowledge on lake […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Urgent action needed to protect world’s wetlands

Griffith University researchers have highlighted the urgent need for more effective conservation measures in a world-first assessment of global wetlands and the increasing pressures they face. A study led by scientists in Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute in collaboration with scientists from Canada, Spain and the USA has provided a consistent global portrait of inland wetland distribution, conservation […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

That’s a wrap! Griffith at World Science Festival Brisbane

Thousands of people poured through this year’s stellar World Science Festival event – many of them enjoying Griffith University’s own inspiring and engaging programs. From the sounds of 84 pianos at the Queensland Conservatorium to tackling important environmental issues in main stage events and providing hands-on fun for budding scientists of the future, Griffith had all […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Scientists mobilise as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef

Griffith University researchers will further their fight to protect the Great Barrier Reef after new research revealed its resilience is rapidly waning. The collaborative study between institutions across the world, published in the prestigious journal Nature today, examined whether past exposure to bleaching in 1998 and 2002 made reefs any more tolerant in 2016. Sadly […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Griffith scientists take on budding apprentices

Budding young scientists will get to collaborate with renowned researchers at this year’s World Science Festival. Provided as a chance for Queensland Secondary Schools to jumpstart their 2017 science programs, the World Science Festival Apprentice Programs, coordinated by Griffith University, may even provide the impetus and inspiration towards some award winning student projects. Held on March 22 […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Griffith Uni stars at World Science Festival

From tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges to acknowledging the unsung women in science and getting kids to become eco-warriors, Griffith University is sharing its expertise across all areas at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane. Held from March 22-26, the festival brings together great minds from around the world  in an annual week-long celebration and […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Great Barrier Reef building coral under threat from poisonous seaweed

World-first research on the Great Barrier Reef has shown how ‘weed-like’ algae will kill vital coral because of increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. The Griffith University study, conducted in collaboration with national and international experts in reef and chemical ecology, showed that if the world continues with ‘business as usual’ CO2 emissions, important […]
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Architecture

A celebration of remarkable science, engineering and technology

Each year the Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) recognises the remarkable achievements of the group’s alumni, academic and professional staff. This year the group also applauded its industry partners and high schools that have contributed to its achievement. The 2016 Griffith Sciences Awards were held at the Southbank Campus’s Webb Centre and featured school themed test tube cocktails. […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Coral: Choosing the wrong symbiotic partner can mean life or death

A Griffith University researcher and her collaborators have found that choosing the right partner could mean the difference between survival and death for certain coral species. The finding has significant implications for understanding thermal bleaching tolerances and coral’s potential for survival in a rapidly warming world. Dr Emma Kennedy, of Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute, undertook […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Commercial fishing bans may not be enough to protect fish numbers

Proposed recreational fishing zones in Queensland may fail to meet their objectives in guaranteeing weekend anglers the chance of a better catch, a new Griffith University study has found.
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Australian Rivers Institute

Study identifies global river protection gaps

A Griffith University researcher has helped create a first-ever global gap assessment of the protection of the world’s rivers to identify where river conservation priorities need to be focussed. Dr Simon Linke co-authored the study with freshwater scientists from the Nature Conservancy, McGill University and the World Wildlife Fund who used a high-resolution dataset of […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Billions invested in Australia’s water reform – but is the journey over?

In the past 12 years, Australian governments have invested more than $13 billion in water reforms designed to tackle increasing water demands, ageing water infrastructure, inefficient water use and uncertain water rights. Much has been achieved, but have we finished the water reform process? This question will be debated in a high-powered panel discussion on […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Griffith University named Employer of Choice

GRIFFITH University has been named Employer of Choice for 2016 at the annual Women in Technology awards, building on its reputation as a leader in gender equality. The Women in Technology (WiT) awards, which celebrate the achievements of women in the traditionally male-dominated fields of technology and life science, have also named Griffith academics Professor […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Research leads to Great Barrier Reef rescue purchase

A leading Griffith research team has provided the science behind a bold government decision to buy up grazing land in an effort to protect the Great Barrier Reef from sediment run-off.
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Australian Rivers Institute

Farmer ‘nitrogen market’ could reduce runoff impact on Great Barrier Reef

A team of economists and scientists led by Griffith University’s Dr Jim Smart have found a ‘nitrogen trading scheme’ amongst cane farmers could help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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