Dugongs at home in the Broadwater
Professor Rod Connolly discusses how it is that a herd of Dugongs are calling the Broadwater home after migrating south from Moreton Island. View the full story at Nine News Gold Coast.
Latest warnings on coral bleaching from collaborative study on the Reef
ABC Gold Coast Interview with Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Associate Professor, Griffith School of Environment talking about a new collaborative study from some of the world's leading coral reef scientist says that the Great Barrier Reef is not bouncing back from coral bleaching as it once did. Respected science publication Scimex also picked up the story.
Reefs Under Threat featured in Nature
Congratulations to Associate Professor Guillermo Pulido Diaz on his paper in Nature!
Bluebottle menace on Queensland beaches Summer 2016/17
Channel 10 Brisbane interviewed Associate Professor Kylie Pitt about the bluebottle menace on Queensland beaches in Summer 2016/17
Study warns rising carbon emissions could kill off vital corals by 2100
A team of researchers led by ARI's Associate Professor Guillermo Diaz Pulido working on a study on the Great Barrier Reef has discovered that a weed-like algae is competing with corals and is predicted to become more poisonous, take over and effectively kill corals off by 2100. Read more about these important findings in The Guardian, Gulf Times and the New Indian Express.
New study to research the links between Gulf rivers and aquatic productivity
Project Leader, Professor Michele Burford, says a new Northern Hub project will improve our understanding of how development will impact the health and productivity of floodplains, and fisheries in Gulf of Carpentaria catchments. Read more about this in the Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal...
Women in Technology Awards
Executive Deputy Director for ARI, Professor Michele Burford, was this year's winner of the Life Sciences/ICT research award announced at the WiT Awards evening held on Friday, 2nd September. Michele was among four finalists in the competitive Life Sciences Research Award category. Read more about the WiT awards in Griffith University News...
ARI PhD student identifies at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders
In the course of his research ARI PhD student Jeremy Wilson has discovered at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders, including a brightly coloured "peacock" variety, in Brisbane forests and national parks throughout Queensland. Read more about Jeremy's incredible spider discoveries in The Courier Mail.
International Secretariat for Water Future hosted by Griffith University
The International Secretariat for Water Future has been established in Brisbane. Click here to read the first Water Future newsletter and find out more about this initiative.
New blog sharing stories of science from ARI
Researchers at ARI have started a new blog called "Catchment to Coast - stories of science from the Australian Rivers Institute" which will highlight their latest research and publications. Check it out here...
"Nitrogen trading scheme" could help protect the Reef
ARI Researcher, DR Jim Smart, is leading a group of economists and scientists who have found that a "nitrogen trading scheme" used by cane farmers could help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Read more about this scheme and its great possibilities in The Conversation, The Machinery of Government and Impact.
WASH Futures Conference 2016
In May 2016 the International Water Centre hosted the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Conference in Brisbane which focused on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to provide water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, at all times. The conference held over five days covered seven thematic areas and included 80 presentations, in a program of conference-type sessions and training workshops. These all related to the theme of the conference, "WASH Futures: Pathways to universal and sustained water, sanitation and hygiene". Dr Wade Hadwen from the Australian Rivers Institute spoke about the challenge of providing fresh water and sanitation for Pacific Island countries in the face of climate change. Read more about the WASH Futures Conference.
ARI Researchers awarded ARC Linkage Grant
Professor Michele Burford, Professor Anthony Carroll, Professor Chenrong Chen and Associate Professor Frederic Leusch from the Australian Rivers Institute and the Environmental Futures Research Institute were awarded $263,000 for their project Will catchment revegetation cause unintended consequences for waterways? The project will be undertaken in partnership with SEQ Water and Healthy Waterways Ltd.
Inter-university team awarded research grant
Professor Rod Connolly from the Australian Rivers Institute is part of a team led by James Cook University that was recently awarded $490,000 for a project aimed at minimising the effect of port development on seagrass ecosystems. Professor Connolly is also part of other teams who received award grants. Read more...
Advance Queensland Fellowship for ARI Researcher
In April 2016 Dr Fernanda Adame of the Australian Rivers Institute was awarded a three year (Early-career) Research Fellowship of $180,000 for her project, Cost-effective restoration of wetlands that protect the Great Barrier Reef. Dr Adame will be partnering with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The Advance Queensland Research Fellowships and PhD Scholarships program supports researchers undertaking original work that will have a positive impact on Queensland. Read more about this in Griffith University News...
"Cells act as early danger alarm for marine wildlife"
ARI Research Fellow, Jason van de Merwe, and PhD student, Kimberly Finlayson are conducting research into contaminants at the cellular level which they hope will lead to better conservation and management for marine turtles. Read the Australian Geographic article about their research.
New book is a "one-stop shop" for riparian vegetation management
Australian Rivers Institute researcher, Dr Samantha Capon, has led the production of a new book, Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes, which explores the inner workings of our native Australian riparian vegetation and provides a one-stop shop for researchers and managers of these important systems. Read more about the book.
Valley Lake water quality warning issued by Mt Gambier City Council
One of Mt Gambier's most popular recreational lakes has been found to be a health hazard. Water quality testing and a report on the findings from the Executive Deputy Director of the Australian Rivers Institute, Professor Michele Burford has revealed that the lake has been contaminated with bacteria. Read more about this in the ABC News article.
Two Top Awards for Early Career Researcher
Dr Chris Brown from the Australian Rivers Institute was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) of $334,00 for his project, "Predicting fisheries change from cumulative impacts to aquatic habitats." Dr Brown is also the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award which he received for his research on finding solutions to the potential conflict between marine ecosystems and commercial and recreational fishing. See YouTube video of Dr Chris Brown.
WASH2014 ConferenceThe key global development discussion between now and 2015 is focused on formulating the post-2015 framework of priorities and targets. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) advocates are making the case for WASH to be prioritised. The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has led work to propose what future WASH goals, targets and indicators should be. Building on this dialogue, it is time to reflect on how practitioners might work differently if a vision of universal access to WASH is to become a reality in our time. If we understand the central premise of the current JMP proposals to be ‘water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, everywhere’ – how are WASH practitioners going to act differently to achieve this? New goals and targets mean new ways of working. This is what the WASH2014 conference will explore.The week-long event, held in Brisbane from March 24-28, 2014 (Novotel). Read more about the conference.
When will we take action to reduce diffuse pollution?
In the Summer 2013 edition of Bridging: Newsletter of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, Professor Stuart Bunn discusses the factors which have led to increased speed and power of floodwaters in stream channels and how environmental and economic arguments are not sufficient to successfully address diffuse pollution. Read the full article on page 20 of Bridging.
The Bonn Declaration on Global Water SecurityThe water community recently assembled in Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May 2013, for the Global Water System Project’s Conference on "Water in the Anthropocene" to make a set of core recommendations to institutions and individuals focused on science, governance, management and decision-making relevant to water resources on Earth. The Bonn Declaration on Global Water Security was issued at May 24, 2013 by the Lord Mayor of Bonn during the closing ceremony of the conference. The collectively taken recommendations can constitute the centre-piece of a blueprint to promote the adoption of science-based evidence into the formulation of goals for sustainable development. We welcome and encourage you to read and sign the declaration.
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Australian Rivers Institute's Adam Kerezsy wins Whitely Award for Popular Zoology for his book "Desert Fishing Lessons: Adventures in Australia's Rivers
The Whitley Awards are presented by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for outstanding publications that contain a significant amount of information relating to the fauna of the Australasian region. Read more>>
Daryl Evans, Bachelor of Science student majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology has won the 2012 SEQ Catchments Honours Bursary in River Restoration. Supervised by Professor Jon Olley, Daryl's honours thesis researches "Sources of Sediment and Associated Pollutants within Bulimba Creek Catchment: Targeting Waterway Restoration". Read more>>
A team of researchers from Griffith University's Australian Rivers Institute is taking part in a biodiversity survey of the waterways and wetlands in Kakadu National Park. Read more >>
Griffith University's Australian Rivers Institute has been awarded funding from the Queensland Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences for a joint research project into pollution in our waterways.
Associate Professor Jacky Croke, Professor Jon Olley and Dr Timothy Pietsch have received funding from the Australian Research Council to investigate whether the catastrophic 2011 floods are likely to occur again.
Congratulations to Paul Maxwell, PhD student in the Australian Rivers Institute, who this month won the Ernest Hodgkin Estuary Research Award at the Australian Maritime Sciences Association (AMSA) Conference in Hobart. Read more >>
The Australian Rivers Institute received the SEQ Water Grid Research Award for their research project Flood Resilience in Moreton Bay. Read more (PDF 422k) >>
Emeritus Professor Des Connell of the Australian Rivers Instititute and the Griffith School of Environment has been honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2012 Queen's Honours List. Read more >>
The ABC's Catalyst program investigated the impacts of South-East Queensland's 2011 floods on Moreton Bay in the story Coastal Flood Impact. Read more >>
After the big wet, spare a thought for the health of your waterways and the substances that wash into them. Read more >>
ARI researchers have recently completed a large project relating to environmental flows and river health in China. Read more >>
In January 2011, a cloud burst over the Great Dividing Range in the Brisbane River Catchment led to an extreme flood event that resulted in the loss of human life and extensive... Read more >>
The Australian Water and Environmental Research Alliance (AWERA) is a new, research partnership between Griffith University and the University of Queensland... Read more >>
A number of ARI members have contributed to a special volume of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland ”. “A Place of Sandhills: Ecology, Hydrogeomorphology... Read more >>
The Australian Rivers Institute (ARI) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Key Laboratory of Aquatic Botany and Watershed Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read more >>
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ARI researchers have recently been successful in attracting ARC funding. Congratulations to the following recipients of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and funding: Read more >>
An Australian Rivers Institute study has found that reef and mangrove habitats that are located close together have a greater abundance of fish and should be prioritised for conservation in marine reserves. Read more >>
ARI is pleased to announce that Professor Brian Fry from the Department of Oceanography and Coast Sciences, Louisiana State University, will be joining the Institute from 5 September
This year's HDR Student Symposium was held at the EcoCentre, Nathan campus. Guest speaker,
Professor Gerry Quinn from Deakin University presented this special award.
Congratulations to Dr Dana Burfiend and team who won the 2011 WaterSecure - research award, and Dr Nina Saxton and team who were awarded both the Seqwater - rural award and the Minister prize.
On 17 June, the Australian Rivers Institute hosted the Brisbane launch of a collection of papers by Peter Cullen.
On Friday 27 May 2011, at Gold Coast campus a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Vice Chancellor of Griffith University and Professor Ma Jian, President of ChangAn University in Shanxi Province the PR China.
Professor Stuart Bunn, one of four recipients, received his award for the category research leadership. These awards aim to recognise researchers in all stages of their careers.