Science, Research, Climate Change and Agriculture: Stories From The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



9 June 2021

RedEye and Western Sydney University are partnering to undertake world-first research to better understand the link between drought severity in rainforest areas and a subsequent intensification in bushfire seasons.

Gospers fire front on Boxing Day 2019

11 March 2021

New research from Western Sydney University, published in New Phytologist, can now offer an explanation for the phenomena known as eucalypt ‘die back’.

Dieback 1

26 February 2021

Researchers at Western Sydney University in partnership with Cornell University, the University of Wollongong and the Australian National University, have found that male superb lyrebirds create an astonishing acoustic illusion of a flock of alarm-calling birds.

Lyrebird male

12 February 2021

The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power - buit heat impacts from large-scale solar could add to climatic changes.

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14 January 2021

Remnant emu populations are right at the limit of their climatic suitability as the changes in rainfall patterns and threats from predation, habitat loss and other causes is putting pressure on these populations.

9 November 2020

Research at Western Sydney University into flowering plant pollination has shown that native bees and exotic European honeybees can support plant pollination together, with different crops and plants attracting different varieties of insect pollinators.

Amy Gilpin 1000

6 November 2020

Two of the Institute's early career researchers have received prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (ARC DECRA), to focus on priority areas of research for the benefit of Australia and its international communities.

21 August 2020

New research led by scientists at Western Sydney University and published in BMC Biology shows that flying-foxes are always on the move among a vast network of roosts, creating key challenges for their management and conservation in Australia.

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17 August 2020

Researchers in the Which Plant Where project based at Western Sydney University have assessed urban tree species to select species that are more likely to cope with heat and drought as they mature.

Lophostemon confertus

30 July 2020

“Australia was always on my radar and I have loved being in the countryside at the Hawkesbury campus. It’s just a beautiful place to study plants!

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