NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and IMAS Scientist Neville Barrett
11 March 2015

AUV provides imagery to assess southern marine reserve

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast.  Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania.  The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...

4 February 2015

Travel down Kakadu's West Alligator River on the search for threatened river sharks

Travel down Kakadu's West Alligator River with Hub scientist Peter Kyne as he surveys the endangered Northern River Shark and critically endangered Speartooth shark.

These river shark surveys have been undertaken during research for the Marine Biodiversity Hub project "Supporting management of listed and rare species", a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries and CSIRO. 

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Walking on your hands.  Pink Handfish.  Copyright: Karen Gowlett-Holmes
7 January 2015

Exhibition of marine biodiversity images

 

Ensuring a future for life in Australia's oceans

The Marine Biodiversity Hub’s exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010.  It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia. 

The exhibition contains images from Hub partners (and a few more), and was curated by Mark Norman, Head of Science at Museum Victoria.

Our aim is to reach out to the general public (especially school students) and raise their awareness of...

School of Moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus) Lord Howe Is Marine Park. Image http://reeflifesurvey.com/
12 December 2014

Minister announces funding for Marine Biodiversity Hub

Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...

12 December 2014

"Like" the videos on our YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/NERPMarineHub

Make sure you "Tour the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves" Check out our Playlists for Liked videos to see those from our partners and collaborators, including Geoscience Australia's Flinders CMR and Museum Victoria's Brittle star food fight!, Shellfish Reef Restoration Network, and...
2 December 2014

Take a video tour of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Take a video tour of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves. Discover the amazing diversity they contain, and the science that’s helping us understand them. Launch and Like us in YouTube

A brittle star feeding off Lizard Island, Queensland. J Finn/Museum Victoria
26 September 2014

From brittle stars grows a ‘tree of life’: how genes trace life on Earth

The Conversation, 25 September 2014

A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. Now, next-generation gene sequencing, capable of sequencing hundreds of millions of pieces of DNA, is not only revolutionising human medicine and agriculture, but also transforming our understanding about the origins and distribution of life on Earth.  Read Museum Victoria and...

Volunteer diver surveying reef in the coral Sea.  Image:  Graham Edgar, Reef Life Survey
12 September 2014

Eureka Prize for Reef Life Survey and Hub scientists

On Wednesday 10 September 2014, Hub researchers Professor Graham Edgar and Dr Rick Stuart-Smith were awarded the 2014 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research  for their creation of the Reef Life Survey. 

This study of reef systems across the world represents a new concept in marine conservation where scientists, marine managers, and recreational divers work together to maximise the collection, analysis, interpretation and effective use of broad-...

2014 National Threatened Species Day
3 September 2014

Hubs participating in Darwin’s 2014 National Threatened Species Day

Two NERP hubs are participating in this year’s National Threatened Species Day on Sunday 7 September at Darwin Waterfront – the Northern Australia Hub and Marine Biodiversity Hub. Videos, slide shows and brochures will focus on the management of listed and rare species including sawfish and river sharks, and the impact feral cats are having on native mammals.  The event is being marketed as a Pop-up-Zoo with experts from a wide range of organisations providing an overview of their work....

Brittle stars are helping solve ocean mysteries. Photo: Museum Victoria
26 August 2014

Brittle stars light up scientists' understanding of marine life evolution

The Age, 25 August 2014

The scientific secrets of some of Museum Victoria's unique marine animal collection have been unlocked for the first time, thanks to DNA testing.

Researchers sequenced more than 400 genes from 50 different types of brittle stars, with the results set to shed new light on the evolution of Australia's deep-sea life.

Relatives of starfish, brittle stars are marine animals that can live up to five kilometres below the surface on the abyssal plain....

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