Geoff Vivian

Geoff Vivian

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.

CORE samples from north Kimberley springs may provide rock art scientists with a timeline of the region's climate history to help figure out why there was a sudden changes in cave painting styles.

Sunday, 17 July 2016 06:00

Plants respond to the human touch

FARMERS and gardeners may be surprised to learn that plants have a quick and hidden response to almost anything we humans do to them.

MANY people visit the WA Museum to see scientific and cultural displays without being aware of its vast research collection that can help us understand and conserve endangered species.

PLANT breeders are constantly working to produce higher-yielding crop varieties that are less susceptible to disease and extreme environmental conditions.

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.

IMPROVED bush burning methods by Indigenous Rangers in the East Kimberley have been hailed for the resurgence of Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) in the region.

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.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 06:00

Broome’s new bush tucker seed bank

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.

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