Early warning signs of widespread coral bleaching in 2016

Record breaking summer ocean temperatures have led to widespread coral bleaching in the northern hemisphere. These hot conditions are predicted to extend into the southern hemisphere in the...

"Assisted Evolution" versus "Genetic Modification"

The announcement of Dr Madeleine van Oppen’s recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received significant media attention. In a brief interview, Dr van Oppen...

“Voyage of discovery” yields hotspot of diversity and new species

Over a period of four years scientists from AIMS, working in partnership with Geoscience Australia and the University of Western Australia, uncovered a rich physical landscape and a vast oasis of...

Estimating the diversity of life

How many species are on Earth?

Answering this simple question is not easy, but essential if we are to understand impacts of global change and manage environmental resources successfully.

Threatened Species Day 2014

Threatened Species Day is a national day of reflection for threatened species within Australia. Held as part of the Department of Environment’s Biodiversity Month, it is an opportunity to highlight...

The Triton that ate the Crown-of-Thorns

Dr Mike Hall, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, explains how the rarity of a sea snail may be one reason why the crown-of-thorns is now such a threat to...