Welcome to the Biodiversity Group Outreach Page
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which we undertake our research. We pay our respects to their Ancestors and to their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country. We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.
Join a virtual whale watching event – 24th May!
PhD student Gloeta Massie will be hosting and guiding a virtual whale watching tour. She will be watching and sharing webcam footage based in Alaskan/Canadian oceans.
“While we can’t be in Alaska and Canada, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep whale watching!”
You can join the Facebook event here.
Keep busy by starting a #stayhomebiodiversity challenge and meet all your roommates
18th May 2020
The age old question, what happens when you lock an ecologist, an applied mathematician, and a taxonomist in a house for a couple months, has finally been answered! During the stay homes directive over the last few months, lab member Dr Andrew Rogers, and his housemates Dr Matthew Holden, and Dr Russell’ Yong began to wonder exactly how many other things lived in their suburban home. In a desperate attempt to stay sane while working from home, they began to count and identify all the species that occurred in and around the house. After just 6 weeks, they identified over 500 species of plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The end of summer is peak time for moth diversity, which is shown in their species list of more that 150 moths observed at the lights around the house during the night. While Matt and Russell’ have become experts at identifying the many small moths, they have also received lots of help from various wildlife social network groups, apps and professionals from around the world. The project has also generated the #stayhomebiodiversity challenge, which has seen engagement across four continents, and received both local and international media attention (find news article links here). What started as a way for the three friends to pass the time has generated a unique look into urban biodiversity in Brisbane. Many of the species listed can be found on the citizen site/app iNaturalist. For more information, contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow Matt Holden on Twitter @MattHHolden.
The artwork below comes from Yuval Kark-Levin (painted when 9 years old) and its title shows the nice logo he invented: ‘Use Less Plastic and the Sea will be Fantastic’.
Click the link below to be taken to our Find-A-Word. This puzzle is a fun activity to do in the classroom and helps kids learn a range of words associated with our research group.
Click here to be taken to our media page