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Oct 26

There are strong public needs for environmental surveillance systems that can systematically collect, analyse, and disseminate data for societal needs and benefits, including carbon, water and resource management, climate change, urban systems, and public health alerts. In this talk, we discuss the integration of satellite sensing with in situ sensors to monitor ecosystem dynamics and functioning, and better understand ecological changes, fates, and responses to climate variability and human activity. Examples of vegetation sensitivity, ecological resilience, and urban heat islands are presented.

14 October 2016

An international study has found the economic value of biodiversity in forest productivity is worth roughly US$330 billion per annum, highlighting the importance of protecting the world's remaining species rich ecosystems. Published in Science, the Positive Biodiversity–Productivity Relationship Predominant in Global Forests study is the work of over 80 scientists from 44 countries.

13 October 2016 - By Dr Chris Turbill

You may have seen the news that the human lifespan cannot be extended beyond about 115 years, as shown by a demographic analysis confirming that the steady improvements in lifespan seen for many populations over recent decades has stalled since the 1990s. The researchers' conclusion that "the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints" is sobering reading for those who dream that human ageing can one day be successfully hacked.

30 September 2016

Dr Jonathan Plett from Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has been awarded a 2016 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award for his research and engagement on the relationships between plants and the fungi in soils.

The Institute will offer a number of Summer Scholarships for undergraduate students (second and third year) to work for approximately six to eight weeks during the summer in a field of research related to plant science. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Oct 25

With more than 90% of Australians living in cities and urban centres, issues of health, wellbeing and liveability in our cities are in the news more than ever.

This forum explores Western Sydney University's four research themes in the context of life in urban centres with a particular focus on challenges of urban heat islands, greenspace benefits, urban living trends and health implications for our future cities.

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Dec 1

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB) is an unofficial society that meets annually at locations around Australia and New Zealand. The aim of each meeting is to promote scientific excellence in comparative research in a socially enjoyable atmosphere.

22 September 2016

The female Superb Lyrebird of Australia is finally getting her day in the sun. The male is justly famous for his amazing ability to mimic sounds. But for the first time, scientists have conducted a systematic study of the sounds that female Superb Lyrebirds make. They find that she, too, is a skilled vocalist that can imitate the voices of at least 19 other bird species.


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