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  • NSW Land clearing law saves native mammals, but more could be done[9 April 2014]

    Eucalyptus forest on the slopes of the Snowy mountains © Global Warming Images

    A new report estimates the New South Wales Native Vegetation Act, which prohibits broad-scale clearing of forests, has saved 265,000 native mammals in just five years. More

  • Dingo defined thanks to scientists' museum search[1 April 2014]

    Drawing from the Voyage of Governor Phillip of the Dog of New South Wales

    The dingo has been definitively classified as a distinct Australian animal thanks to new research led by the University of Sydney. More

  • Tribute to a plant cell biologist[26 March 2014]

    Associate Professor Jan Marc

    Associate Professor Jan Marc passed away last week after a long and brave battle with leukaemia. Jan has been a member of the School since 1992 and was a very popular teacher to countless undergraduate students. More

  • Dingo poisoning found to disrupt ecosystem[13 March 2014]

    Baiting of dingoes is found to unbalance the ecosystem

    A study published this week by Dr Mathew Crowther and collaborators has found that the systematic poisoning of dingoes - the top predators in the Australian bush - has a deleterious effect on small native mammals. More

  • Community input sought for Ecosystem Science Plan[11 March 2014]

    A desert ecosystem

    Ecosystem Science is key to managing our food and water assets. In order to develop a long term plan for ecosystem research and management 'Town-Hall' meetings are being held around the country. Sydney's turn is on Friday 14th March. More

  • Sydney node for Translational Photosynthesis research[6 March 2014]

    Algae growing in the lab

    Recently funded ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis has Associate Professor Min Chen as Chief Investigator for the Sydney node. More

  • Winners at 'Competition in Biology' symposium[31 January 2014]

    Poster prize winners of the 15th EMBL PhD symposium

    PhD students Joshua Christie and Isobel Ronai are double-winners. Firstly in receiving a grant to attend the EMBL PhD symposium in Germany and secondly in winning poster prizes whilst there! More

  • Biologists reveal the cause of one of the most devastating pandemics in history[28 January 2014]

    One of the skeletons from which Y. pestis DNA was extracted

    An international collaboration of scientists, including from the University of Sydney has solved a historical cold case by revealing that two of the world's most devastating plagues were caused by distinct versions of the same pathogen. More

  • Loner lizards don't light up - the social side of lizards[22 January 2014]

    Veiled chameleons are dull-coloured when reared alone

    One of the first studies conducted on young reptiles reared without contact with their siblings is challenging the assumption that only mammals and birds are shaped by social interactions. More

  • 220 marine scientists raise alarm about NSW recreational fishing[14 January 2014]

    Scientists say NSW marine parks are in danger if recreational fishing is allowed

    More than 220 marine scientists from across Australia and internationally, including from the University of Sydney, have raised concerns for NSW's marine life if the state government moves to permanently allow recreational fishing in no-take sanctuary zones. More

  • Pots and pot shots to benefit Sydney's marine life[6 January 2014]

    Rebecca Morris with a sea pot

    "Are you ready for your close-up?", is the question for the starfish and crabs being photographed by submerged cameras on Sydney's foreshore. The images are part of an innovative project by the University of Sydney, to boost marine life on Sydney's foreshore. More

  • Thompson Lab Triumphs[13 December 2013]

    Melanie Laird won first prize for her work on fat-tailed dunnart pregnancy

    Three student prizes were up for grabs…and two were won by PhD students from the Thompson lab! Melanie Laird and Francesca van den Berg won first and third prizes, respectively, at the recent Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry meeting. More