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



19 December 2018

Starve or be eaten? For small animals, this challenge must be faced every day. Searching for food is a risky business, and small animals must balance their need to eat as much as possible against the risk of being eaten themselves. New research from Western Sydney University shows how mice, and likely other small prey, resolve this problem with the help of an energy-saving mechanism known as torpor.

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12 December 2018

Four Western Sydney University researchers have been ranked in the top 1% globally after earning a place on the Clarivate Analytics 2018 Highly Cited Researcher list.

12 December 2018

As our world is warming under climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense, yet the vulnerability of our wildlife to such events is poorly understood. New research from Australia’s Wet Tropics indicates that the area where maximum temperatures are survivable for the green ringtail possum could shrink by over 85 percent this century due to climate change.

Green Ringtail Possum

18 December 2017

When we think of Christmas, what colour comes to mind? For most people, that colour is probably red. Even Santa himself is red. It’s a colour reminiscent of family, good food, Santa and his gifts and festive holidays...

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6 December 2018

We owe such a lot to the humble European honeybee. For an insect that was only brought to Australia in 1822, it has become well-established as one of our most important crop-pollinating insects. But honeybees are under threat from pests and environmental changes that have caused widespread colony collapse around the world. That’s one reason why there’s growing interest in Australia’s native pollinators that keep our food and natural ecosystems ticking along.

Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly

5 December 2018

Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus hosted a valuable field tour as the ANZ Smart Farms and Agtech Forum: Future of Farming with Precision Agriculture, Big Data and Robotics Conference commenced on December 4th and 5th at Sydney's International Convention Centre.

Dr Roger Attwater

29 November 2018

Western Sydney University (WSU) will invest $5million into a partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and thirteen state agricultural universities as part of a new initiative designed to combat global food security issues presented by climate change.


28 November 2018

More than $3 million has been awarded to Western Sydney University by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The grants will support world-leading research projects that embody the University’s commitment to research excellence and impact.

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The impressive $7 million, 1800sqm Glasshouse facility at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus will feature in the final episode of the ABC’s Back In Time For Dinner program on Tuesday, 10 July at 8.30pm.

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1 March 2018

Launched at Customs House in Sydney on Wednesday 28 February 2018, the new Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub serves as a collaborative union between four major universities including Western Sydney University, NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage (OEH), and other state government and industry partners.

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