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Recent Media Releases

21 March 2017
Billions, not millions, needed to prevent further extinctions of threatened species
The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) says the Federal Government’s new prospectus to save Australia’s threatened species is a positive initiative, but highlights the current Government is unwilling to invest what’s required to prevent extinctions of our native biodivesity.

9 March 2017
Ecological Society of Australia supports control of introduced rabbits
The Ecological Society of Australia supports this month’s release of a virus to control rabbits.

8 March 2017
Ecologists dismayed by loss of biodiversity identified in State of the Environment​
The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) is dismayed that Australia’s biodiversity is continuing to decline, as identified by the latest State of the Environment report.​

1 March 2017
Over $1 million in funds proves that it's the ecology, stupid
The man behind more than $1 million in funds for students, announced today by the Ecological Society of Australia, says it’s rare for philanthropists to donate for the environment.

2 December 2016
The epic duck challenge: Sky cameras improve wildlife monitoring
Researchers have created colonies of model birds to show that unmanned aerial vehicles provide a highly accurate and inexpensive way of monitoring wildlife populations.

1 December 2016
Birds’ wings growing to help escape the heat?
The wing length of Ringneck Parrots in the south-west of Western Australia has been increasing since the 1970s, coinciding with that region becoming hotter and drier. This is a possible rapid evolutionary response to changing climate.

29 November 2016
Stunning photos of Australian animals and plants

The Ecological Society of Australia has announced its 2016 Photo Competition winners at its annual conference in Fremantle. The stunning winning images are at

28 November 2016
Small native mammals disappearing from south-east Australia
​Four decades of research and monitoring of small native mammals in Victoria’s eastern Otway Ranges reveals ongoing declines in numbers, including some threatened species.

25 November 2016
Cane toads and surfing plankton scoop ecology prizes
The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) has announced the recipients of awards totalling more than $40,000, recognising four of Australia’s brightest ecological minds for their contribution to understanding the environment.

12 April 2016
Ecological Society Open Letter to PM:Time to expand, not reduce, public-good ecological research in CSIRO
Australia's peak scientific body for ecology urged the Government to expand, not reduce ecological research capacity within CSIRO, in a letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science today.

1 April 2016
Pythons moving into Attics
Endangered Carpet Pythons are moving into people's homes in response to a lack of natural shelters.

Friday 4 December 2015
“Pop-up parks” in the city benefit wildlife and people
A “pop-up park” in the heart of Melbourne more than doubled the number of beneficial insects in an urban green space according to a Melbourne researcher.

Friday 4  December 2015
Fire Ignites Ecology Conference
With Australia already in the grip of another devastating fire season, landowners are being encouraged to join forces with scientists, fire agencies and land managers to have the best chance of fighting the bushfire risk, say a group of fire ecologists meeting in Adelaide this week.

Thursday 3 December 2015
Crop production at risk if we rely on honeybees alone
Honeybees pollinate 75% of food crops but relying solely on honeybees could place crop production at risk warned a CSIRO scientist.

Thursday 3 December 2015
Australia’s Best Ecology Photos of 2015 Revealed
Australia’s best photos of native plants, animals, landscapes and the scientists who work on them were revealed as a highlight of the major national ecological conference this week.

Thursday 3 December 2015
Males without testicles live longer
Male quolls that lose their testicles can live twice as long as the rest of the male quoll population. Jaime Heiniger from the University of Queensland reported this unusual observation at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia this week.

Wednesday 2 December 2015
Poachers expected to use green drones to kill endangered wildlife 
Cheap drones, used by conservationists to survey endangered animals, risk being used by poachers to kill wildlife, according to a leading scientist.

Monday 30 November 2015
Science, not sex, sells!
Explicit pornographic images were circulated at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, offending scientists on both sides of the Tasman.

Monday 30 November 2015
Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference starts today
The annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia begins today in Adelaide.  The conference brings together over 600 ecologists from around Australia to discuss the ecology, conservation and management of ecosystems in Australia and world-wide.

Friday 27 November 2015
Climate change is killing our trees
Climate change and extreme climatic events appear to be killing trees around the world. 

Tuesday 27 October  2015
Ocean warming is driving marine species polewards with potential for impacts on the economy, health and ecosystems
Over 100 marine species have been documented as shifting their geographic distribution pole-wards along the south-east coast of Australia.

Tuesday 20 October 2015
Climate change puts the humble seed at risk
Climate is already having impacts on where and when seeds germinate, and has the potential to become a major driver of change in Australia's natural ecosystems.

Monday 21 September 2015
Bee scientist wins Australian research prize
A CSIRO scientist who works on the bees and insects that pollinate food crops has won a prestigious national Australian research prize.

Friday 18 September 2015
Plants, Ants , And Fungi – Award Winning Three Way Partners
Research examining the fascinating partnership between plants, ants and fungi has won a major fundamental research award.  

Friday 4 September 2015
World Ecologists urge world leaders to take decisive action over Climate Change in Paris
World Ecologists urge the Parties meeting this December at the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris to take decisive steps against climatic change

Tuesday 11 August 2015

2015 The Nature Conservancy Australia Applied Science Award winner

Melbourne University student, Michael Sivers, wins prestigious conservation award for his work on frogs in artificial wetlands.

Monday 3 August 2015
Can Barnacles unlock the secrets of MH370 and Turtle migration?
While forensic scientists ponder the source of a barnacle-encrusted aeroplane wing thought to come from missing airline flight MH370, a PhD student is pioneering new research that could enable barnacles to reveal migration paths through the ocean. 

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