Latest news from the region

FIRE management strategies that include low intensity burns in the Kimberley are crucial for survival of the vulnerable golden-backed tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus), according to a wildlife expert.

ANTHROPOLOGICAL and historical research with Aboriginal artists and Traditional Owners along the Canning Stock Route has illustrated the importance of dreamtime stories as carriers of important ecological knowledge.

WHILE feral cats have long been considered a major threat to native mammal numbers in the Kimberley, the first study examining the pest’s geographical density has determined cats occur less than once every five square kilometres.

REMOTE, low-grade deposits of platinum group metals (PGMs) can be economically recovered using novel direct leaching approaches, doing away with the need for traditional, expensive smelting operations.

Published in Industry & Resources

BOTANIST Russell Barrett discovered his first flora species as a 15-year-old living on the remote north Kimberley station of Beverley Springs, now called Charnley River Station.

RESEARCHERS say Australian guidelines and rebates for diagnosing diabetes should be updated, after they revealed there is a quicker and better test for detecting the disease in remote communities.

Published in Health & Medicine

FENCING the entire entrance to Emma Gorge in the Kimberley’s El Questro Wilderness Park, has revealed its importance as a refuge for an entire community of small animals.

WA RESEARCH has revealed adult mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) are likely to be negatively impacted by climate change, but that juveniles may actually benefit from its effects.

Published in Fisheries & Water

TODAY UWA’s Lucille Chapuis discusses the growing level of man-made noise in the ocean and how research she is involved in will help determine the noise pollution’s impact on the shark population.

Published in Perspectives

INTERNATIONAL scientists who set sail from Fremantle today will use cutting edge technologies to peer five million years into the past to find clues about our future climate.

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