Photo © Robin Jeffries
How fish think and feel and why we should care about their welfare
The reputation of fish as dull and primitive is dead wrong, say Culum Brown and Catarina Vila Pouca. Perhaps it's time to trade fishing rods for masks and snorkels as these behavioural ecologists reveal fish to be thinking, feeling animals that deserve a better deal.
Curryfish excreting clean sand
Photo © Kennedy Wolfe
The plight of our bÍche-de-mer sea cucumbers
Sea cucumbers are highly valued in jars and poorly valued on reefs. Kennedy Wolfe, Hampus Eriksson and Maria Byrne report on lessons not learned in managing sea cucumber fisheries.
Feral cat caught on camera
Photo © Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Saving mammals: unlocking the secrets to feral cat control
Feral cats are hard to study for the same reasons they are hard to control. Hugh McGregor and Atticus Fleming of Australian Wildlife Conservancy share the latest insights from Australia's largest feral cat research program, revealing for the first time a deadly interaction between cats, wildfire and feral herbivores.
Photo © Bryony Horton
Mycorrhyzal masters of the forest
Ecologist Byrony Horton goes fungal to probe the roots of decline in eucalypt forests, unravelling the complexities of these 'wood-wide-webs' integral to both the decline and recovery of our forests.
Photo © David Jenkins
When predators go missing
Surprising though it may seem, foxes and cats can contribute to ecological stability, says ecologist Jeff Yugovic. In areas with few or no remaining native predators it may be better to manage them than try to eliminate them, he says.