School of Life and Environmental Sciences news


Congratulations to new Alfred Deakin Professors

Professor Neil Barnett and Professor Colin Barrow have been appointed Alfred Deakin Professors, the highest honour the University can bestow on a member of academic staff.

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ARC projects for LES researchers

Two members of Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences are involved in projects being led by other institutions that were successful in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage awards.


Warrnambool lecturer wins seafood research award

Warrnambool marine ecologist recognised for habitat mapping work that has helped to protect reef systems and seafood stocks.

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Leading Ecologist Dr Euan Ritchie joins National Threatened Species summit

Ecology expert Dr Euan Ritchie will argue the case for rewilding of native apex predators such as the dingo and Tasmanian devil at the inaugural national Threatened Species Summit tomorrow.


Seaweed the jewel in crown of Deakin photography exhibition

It's often smelly, slimy and gets in the way of a nice walk on the beach – and being called a weed doesn't help – but the true colours of the maligned seaweed have been revealed through Deakin University photography.

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Deakin Geelong to host national marine sciences conference

Australia's top marine scientists will gather in Geelong next week to discuss latest research, challenges and solutions for the nation's future environmental sustainability.


Humans once hunted them, but may now hold key to fur seal survival: Deakin research

Oil rigs and artificial reefs are often given a bad rap for their environmental impact but they may be playing a vital role in feeding one of Australia's largest sea creatures, still recovering from centuries of hunting by humans, new research led by Deakin scientists has found.


Scholarship success for LES honours students

Three Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences honours students have been announced as recipients of Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships in 2015.


Forensic science program in the news

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences outreach program 'The Forensic Detective' was in the news recently, featuring in an article in The Sunday Age.


Blue carbon the unsung hero in the fight against climate change: Deakin research

Deakin University scientists have completed Victoria's first ever stocktake of blue carbon hot spots, revealing millions of tonnes of stored carbon, which they say is at risk of being returned to the atmosphere unless conserved.


Climate change could wipe out Australian mammals: Deakin research

Australian native animals could be under threat of extinction from climate change, with a unique longitudinal study by Deakin University scientists finding our small mammal populations are suffering the ravages of long-term low rainfall conditions and intense wildfires.


Scientists unscramble egg allergens

In a world first, a Deakin / CSIRO research team has achieved one of the first critical steps towards developing allergy-free eggs. The breakthrough could lead to the production of allergy-free eggs within as little as five years.


Deakin brings Victoria’s underwater kingdom to the surface with bird’s eye view

Deakin University researchers have been given a bird's eye view of Victoria's underwater kingdoms, after attaching miniature video cameras to seabirds in a bid to work out how they find food in different environments.


Bird beaks feeling the heat of climate change say Deakin scientists

While the human population grapples with ways to counter the effects of climate change, Deakin University research has discovered that birds might have been working on their own solution for the past 145 years – grow bigger beaks.


Deakin ecologist embarks on big roo count to help save mammals

A Deakin University ecologist has launched a fundraising campaign to support his journey into the far northern tropics to collect information on kangaroos and wallabies as part of his mission to save them from extinction in northern Australia.

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Seaweed could help counter effects of climate change: Deakin research

A study into the carbon capturing capacity of coastal plants and seaweeds provides new insight into their potential to help counter the effects of climate change.


Peter Garrett visits SEBE

Deakin University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) and School of Life and Environmental Sciences ran their annual Deakin Enviro Seminar recently, hosting a presentation by Mr Peter Garrett AM – environmental activist, Midnight Oil frontman and former government minister.


Deakin research saves Antarctic fish from wastewater fate

The findings of a Deakin University PhD student investigating the impact of wastewater on fish in Antarctica has contributed to a major new environmental initiative to protect the continent from pollution.

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Dullness an advantage when it comes to survival - at least for birds

In the bird world of parenting, it is a matter of survival of the dullest, according to new international research led by Deakin University.

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Deakin scientists partner with Ridley to improve fish quality, reduce impact on environment

Deakin University scientists are on a mission to make the fish we eat healthier, tastier and more sustainable, by creating food for farmed fish completely free of any other marine life.

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LES graduates in the news

The achievements of two new Deakin marine biology graduates made headlines in the Warrnambool Standard recently.


Helping to shape coastal planning and conservation

There was a strong Deakin University presence at a recent meeting of the Science Panel of the Victorian Coastal Council, with a group of six School of Life and Environmental Sciences academic staff attending.


Deakin research finds birds could hold secret to lasting relationships: work together and stay together

The more offspring a couple has to raise the more closely together they work to feed them, contradicting years of scientific belief, new Deakin research has found.


For Deakin students, the future starts in Warrnambool

Deakin students have set their vision for the future at a week-long intensive course in Warrnambool.


Bloomin’ heck! Deakin marine scientist latches onto solution to jellyfish

They can wipe out an entire commercial fish farm overnight, terrify open water swimmers throughout the world and disable power stations, but Deakin's top marine scientist is part of a global team which could have the solution to the sting of the jellyfish bloom.


Slow and steady wins the race of the underwater world: Deakin research

Slow and steady doesn't just win the race between a tortoise and a hare, with new Deakin University research showing sluggish, shy and slow-growing underwater creatures have a better chance of avoiding death by fishing hook than their bigger and bolder counterparts.


Wetlands - wellsprings for carbon capture

In the battle against climate change, the role of rainforests in storing carbon is well understood - yet Deakin scientists believe that the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.


From Geelong to Montpellier, researchers hope animals hold key to better human cancer outcomes

A Deakin University biologist is collaborating with French scientists to unlock the secrets to the animal kingdom's ability to fight cancer in an attempt to help human medicine better prevent and cure the disease.


Birds of a feather flock together to thrive despite stress: Deakin research

Australia's avian populations may be more resistant to environmental variations, such as climate change, than scientists may have thought, new Deakin University research shows.


ARC funding supports LES researchers’ quests for discovery

Professor John Endler and Professor Guang Shi will each be leading Discovery Projects while Dr Lee Rollins is the recipient of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).


Salmon expert reels in top nutrition medal

Deakin nutritionist Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini has been awarded one of the Nutrition Society of Australia's (NSA's) highest honours - the NSA annual medal, in recognition of his outstanding research in aquaculture and nutrition.


Metals community celebrates a brilliant career

A symposium has been held in honour of Emeritus Professor Julian Mercer, who has retired from Deakin after 15 years with the university. The symposium was hosted by the Melbourne Biometals Group and attended by a number of Australia's leading metal biologists.

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Top award for smart parrot research

A Smart Geelong "Researcher of the Year" award has capped off an outstanding year for Deakin PhD student Justin Eastwood.

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Discovering how cells play protein jigsaw

Mention quality control and many would think of large factories and long production lines, but Deakin University molecular biologist Dr Bernhard Dichtl is investigating the role of this process in a somewhat smaller environment – inside cells.


Networking and collaboration on workshop agenda

Deakin evolutionary ecologist Dr Beata Ujvari will be heading to Scotland in November to participate in an international workshop on diversity in telomere dynamics, with the support of a travel grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.

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PhD student tracks desert waterbirds from space

Deakin University ecologists have gained fascinating new insights into the secret lives of a nomadic Australian waterbird whose ability to somehow know it has rained up to thousands of kilometres away has intrigued researchers for generations.

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Parrot colours linked to disease that kills other species

The iconic colours in one of one of Australia's most loved backyard parrots may be the surprise result of a tiny virus that kills other species, new Deakin University research has found.

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Bob Brown helps celebrate environmental science at Deakin

Former Australian Greens leader Dr Bob Brown helps celebrate 30 years of environmental science courses at Deakin with a special visit.

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Birds of a smelly feather stick together

Raucous, gorgeous crimson rosellas are able to sniff out their own species by the lingering odour left over from smelly feathers, unique research by Deakin University has found.

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More laurels for 'Dr Seagrass'

Marine ecologist Dr Peter Macreadie has attracted laurels along his whole, short career – almost as prolifically as seagrass attracts carbon.

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Marine and environmental careers in the spotlight at expo

Secondary school students had the opportunity to find out about course offerings from Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) at the Environmental and Marine Careers Expo.

DUBS Annual Careers and Cocktail Evening

Evening showcases biomedical career and graduate opportunities

The Deakin University Biomedical Society (DUBS) hosted the Annual Careers and Cocktail Evening at the Deakin Melbourne City Centre on 8 August.

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Study finds little penguins work together to target prey

Little penguins are more likely to forage for food in groups, working together to target prey, new Deakin University research has found.

Environmental sustainability the topic for Bob Brown visit

Environmental sustainability the topic for Bob Brown visit

Dr Bob Brown, former Leader of the Australian Greens and prominent environmentalist and author, is giving a guest presentation at Deakin University's Melbourne Burwood Campus on Monday 25 August 2014, starting at 6pm.

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Travelling to Germany to better understand Australian aquatic ecosystems

Deakin University palaeoecologist and beetle researcher Dr Nicholas Porch will be travelling to Germany after receiving an Australian Academy of Science grant in support of a project to bring together data on Australian diving beetles.

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Snapped - miniature mammals discovered

The use of 26 camera traps has enabled Deakin ecologist Dr Euan Ritchie and Jim Thomas to discover three possible new mammal species in remote Papua New Guinea.


Frogs have hunters on the hop

Frogs that rely on their vivid colour markings to ward off predators can also appear invisible, Deakin University scientists have discovered.

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