Regional journalist (Kimberley)
Hails from: Australia
Past life: Geoff was a manager and breakfast announcer at Puranyangu-Rangka Kerrem Aboriginal radio, in Halls Creek.
Favourite science: Geoff's not sure if he has one! He enjoys biology, ecology, archaeology, palaeontology, geology, meteorology, astronomy and statistics.
Loves: Art, nature, photography, music, dance, theatre and stories.
INDUSTRIAL saltworks in the Pilbara and an unusual saltwater lake in the Gascoyne have been identified as unlikely but important pit stops and feeding grounds for migrating shorebirds.
BUNBURY beachgoers may be unsettled to learn that the refreshing, blue stretch of water off the port city was preceded by a huge lava flow almost as large as WA itself and several kilometres thick in places.
DEMAND for WA’s native plant seeds is increasing for purposes ranging from revegetating former mine sites to high-end restaurants which use Aboriginal food plants in their cuisine.
THE myriad of shorebirds which forage on Roebuck Bay’s mud flats, and which have long been a hit with visitors and birdwatchers, have been declining over recent years, and researchers have just figured out why.
A PHOTO of Roebuck Bay just south of Broome, snapped by a curious astronaut on the International Space Station, has called into question the origin of some of the region’s highly-unusual parallel tidal creeks.
UWA researchers have compiled a database they hope will eliminate much of the time and expense spent developing new crop varieties to feed the world’s people.
EVIDENCE of early humans dining on the eggs of Australia’s now extinct giant flightless bird may start to resolve the longstanding debate over what caused this and other megafauna’s demise on this continent.
MORE than 150,000 soil samples collected over the last 30 years will be brought together this year to form the nucleus of a state soils archive to benefit student learning and agricultural research efforts.
NATIVE reptiles in the remote East Kimberley have been taught by scientists and Indigenous Rangers to avoid dining on toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina), which would otherwise make for the natural predator’s last meal.
THE Kimberley’s Fitzroy River seems to be the world’s capital for the iconic freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis) whose distinctive “saws” adorn many a study wall and trophy cabinet.