2013 Media Report
1: Cosmos magazine has reported on research by PhD candidate Chris Reid on how slime moulds have a spatial memory system.
11: The Sydney Morning Herald has interviewed Professor Rick Shine about a scrub python on a Qantas plane flying to Papua New Guinea. High drama: Qantas python’s flying circus.
- 11: “Qantas python’s flying circus as plane gets an unexpected passenger” – Canberra Times
- 11: “Hiss and tell on this plane ride” – Newcastle Herald
- 11: “Qantas Drama: Snake On A Plane” – The Inquisitr (online)
- 11: “WATCH: Snake on a plane, hanging onto the wing this time, perturbs Qantas passengers on flight from Australia to Papua New Guinea” – Daily News (online)
- 11: “High drama: Qantas python’s flying circus” – Farm Weekly (online)
- 11: “High drama: Qantas python’s flying circus” – Morning Bulletin (online)
- 11: “High drama: Qantas python’s flying circus” – Queensland Times (online)
- 11: “Snakes on a plane: For real Down Under!” – TruthDive (online)
- 11: Interview with 2CC (Canberra)
- 12: Interview with 2UE (Sydney)
- 15: “Snake hitches a fast and freezing ride to PNG” – St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
11: The Meaning of Life: Celebrating 50 years of Biological Sciences exhibition was promoted in the Time Out Sydney (online) magazine.
17: Sydney City Hub and Inner West Independent has reported that inner city residents are being asked to assist a cockatoo tracking project being conducted by PhD student Adrian Davis at the University of Sydney in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Cockatoo Wingtag project aims to see how many sulphur-crested cockatoos call the Botanic Gardens home, and find out how far they travel to find food.
24: ABC (Newcastle) interview with Professor Chris Dickman on the effect domestic cats have on the environment.
6: “Nothing fishy about swimming with same-sized mates” reads the headline on Phys.Org (online), which reports on Associate Professor Ashley Ward’s research published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. He found that fish use chemical cues to size-assort when forming shoals.
6: Professor Rick Shine describes his work on toad control in “Toad busting traps are easy alternative” published in the Herbert River Express.
14: The Higher Education section of The Australian interviewed Professor Eddie Holmes about his research identifying four new forms of hantavirus in bats. “Virus came from bats not rats.”
- 20: “Experts on the trail of bat viruses” - Central Magazine
15: The documentary TV show starring Professor Steve Simpson, Great Southern Land , is released on DVD and reviewed in Cosmos magazine.
20: Professor Frank Seebacher’s work investigating spider sex was reported on in the AAP Newswire “Fitness is key in spider sex, study finds” and ABC Science (online) “Energetic spiderman gets the girl”.
26: School of Biological Sciences volunteer and author, Debbie S Miller, is interviewed on 666 ABC (Canberra) about her children’s book ‘Survival at 40 Above’. She researched this book whilst volunteering in the Simpson Desert.
- March 1: “David’s pick of the month” - Brisbane’s Child
- April 5: “Book launch at ASHOF tonight” – Longreach Leader
27: The 50th Birthday exhibition at the Macleay Museum had its final spruke in the Central (Sydney) magazine – “Last chance to see exhibition”.
5: The final in a four-part Health Canal (online) series on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, ““Defective” virus leads to epidemic of dengue fever”, features research from Professor Eddie Holmes.
7: BBC Nature (online) reports on findings from Professor Rick Shine’s Austral Ecology paper which showed that the presence of green tree frogs reduced cane toad survival - “Australia’s native frogs beat invasive toads.”
11: ABC Radio outlets and ABC (online) have reported that there is new evidence that the Queensland cane toad is heading towards the far south coast and interviewed Professor Rick Shine, who said many people struggle to correctly identify toads. “Cane toad hitches a ride to Lake Illawarra”
11: “Hopping mad? Scientist wants more toads” - The Daily Telegraph has reported that Professor Rick Shine wants to import more cane toads for research.
- 11: “Is he hopping mad? Scientist wants more toads” – Courier Mail
- 11: “Hopping mad Scientist wants more toads” – The Sydney News (online)
- 12: “Importing cane toads” – 4BC (online)
- 12: Interview on ABC North Queensland program Regional Afternoons. Also broadcast on ABC radio stations throughout Queensland.
- 12: Interview with 891 ABC Adelaide program Afternoons. Also broadcast on ABC radio stations throughout South Australia.
- 12: Newsreader reports on Zinc FM Sunshine Coast.
- 12: Newsreader reports on 4BC radio, also 1071 AM, 4BH, 4CRB FM, 4LG and Radio 4KZ.
- 17: “Toad import slammed” – Sunday Territorian
- 18: “Toad import slammed” – Weekly Times Now (online)
12: A number of scientists comment on the capacity of various animals to tolerate heat in an ABC Environment (online) article, “Heatwaves to hit wildlife hard” . Professor Rick Shine says Australian reptiles are very flexible and capable of coping with very hot conditions.
16: The Forbes Advocate reports on an upcoming workshop presented by Associate Professor Peter McGee in “Low down on cropping soils”. The carbon, nutrition and soil management workshop is part of a series on innovative farming systems.
- 18: “Leader in the field to address locals” – Champion Post
17: Professor Frank Seebacher comments on a study about lactating dinosaurs “Did mother’s milk make dinosaurs so big?” to Australian Geographic, which is reported in the Illawarra Mercury.
20: The West Australian interviewed Professor Rick Shine about the spread of cane toads across the Northern Territory and the Kimberley - “Toads closing in on Broome.”
- 28: Cane toad march closer to Broome” – Broome Advertiser
- May 15: Interview with 2UE radio for the Nights program.
21: A conservation effort which trains wild animals not to eat cane toads, is reported on. The work, by Professor Rick Shine and Dr Jonathon Webb at UTS, involves feeding nausea inducing cane-toad flavoured sausage to quolls and lizards. “Quolls, lizards learn to eat safe” - Cairns Post
- 21: “The quoll’s last stand” – Sydney Morning Herald
- 21: “Quoll jumps aboard Attenborough’s Ark” – Sydney Morning Herald
- 28: Interview with ABC Far North on the Mornings program.
- April 17: “Life saving lessons” – Cairns Sun
25: Research by Professor Rick Shine on cane toads and their control is mentioned on ABC Far North.
25: ABC 702 Sydney has interviewed Professor Rick Shine about the reptiles in his lab at the university, and talks about reptiles now being for sale in NSW pet shops. Professor Shine answers questions from callers.
25: Students from the Bee Lab appear in an ABC TV news story about the Macleay Museum exhibition – “Rare glimpse of medical history on display.”
27: The South Western Rural Advertiser and the Liverpool Champion speak to students from Holsworthy Public School about their upcoming visit to the University of Sydney for the Giant Science outreach program.
28: ABC Radio National’s PM program has interviewed Professor Ben Oldroyd re two new studies which show that some commonly used pesticides are affecting the brains of honey bees – “Studies find pesticides damage brains of bees.” This story was aired across a number of ABC radio stations.
28: The Mosman Daily interviewed a high-school student who attended the Sydney Science Experience outreach workshop – “A new generation learning.”
29: Associate Professor Nathan Lo comments on research from the University of Hamburg for a New Scientist article, “Termites are the ‘fairies’ behind weird desert rings.” The research claimed that sand termites were responsible for ‘fairy circles’ in the Namib desert.
29: Professor Rick Shine comments to The Hindu on a news story - “The name of the snake” - which talks about a water snake apparently having the same name in an Indian language and an Australian aboriginal language.
8: ABC Southern Queensland has interviewed Professor Rick Shine about snakes in Australia. He says Australia is the only continent where the majority of snakes are venomous, but Australia also has a comparatively low mortality rate from snakes.
10: ABC Tropical North interview Professor Rick Shine, who talks about the beauty of snakes. Shine discusses the capturing of snakes, and the transmitters placed on snakes to keep track of them. The snake is also part of the 2013 year for the Chinese.
23: ABC Science has interviewed Professor Edward Holmes on how bats are a major natural reservoir for two groups of viruses, including those that resemble hepatitis C – “Bats a ‘major natural reservoir’ of viruses.”
- June 1: “Healthy hints” – Have-a-Go News
23: Associate Professor Peter Banks is interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane about rodents.
27: The Sydney Morning Herald and 2UE have reported on a study run by PhD student Adrian Davis and collaborators to observe the movements of sulphur-crested cockatoos in the urban Sydney landscape – “Spotlight on cockatoo, winged wanderer who loves city life.”
- 27: “Survival in the city,” this article also quotes Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli – Sydney Morning Herald
- 27: “Spotlight on cockatoo, winged wanderer who loves city life” - Canberra Times
- 27: Interview between the George and Paul Show, 2UE, and the Royal Botanic Gardens
27: Whats on Sydney promotes Sydney Zoo lecture by Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli, “Wildlife vs The City.”
5: Associate Professor Peter Banks speaks to ABC’s Radio National about the onerous animal ethics approval process - “Animal experiments under the microscope.”
7: Reports of the newly elected Australian fellows of the London based Royal Society, including Professor Steve Simpson, were circulated. “Royal fellowship for Australian scientists” – TMC Net (online)
- 8: “Royal fellowship for Australian scientists” – LabOnline (online)
- 13: “Recognition for scientists” – Australian Financial Review
11: New Scientist quoted Dr Jerome Buhl in their story “Plague of locusts blankets Madagascar.”
11: Professor Rick Shine comments on the New Scientist story, “If all painted turtles turn female, it’s curtains.” This story reports on research showing a temperature rise of 1oC would result in 100 per cent of painted turtle eggs being female, earmarking them for extinction. Rick said that the findings of the turtle study may extend to crocodiles, some lizards and some fishes.
12: PhD student Adrian Davis is mentioned in a 702 ABC Sydney radio interview for his involvement in the cockatoo Wingtag project.
- August 3: “Sydney cockatoos take over Royal Botanic Gardens” - Sunday Telegraph
12: SBS TV reports that Australian scientists are scrambling to strengthen stocks of honeybees in the wake of increasing pressure from mites, viruses, bacteria and bad-practices. Work from Professor Ben Oldroyd is mentioned.
17: “How cyanide-eating butterflies led to Charles Perkins centre appointment”, on the Campus Daily (online) website, explains Professor David Raubenheimer’s path to the University of Sydney.
19: Professor Chris Dickman is interviewed for Radio National’s Background Briefing in a story called “The dogs that ate a sheep industry.” Chris comments on the Queensland Government’s strategy of poisoning the dingoes, explaining that this may lead to a change in the pack structure and that as the poison loses its potency the animals may take a long time to die.
21: The Conversation website has published an article by Dr Tanya Latty, on how fire ants could help in the design of rescue robots – “Worker antics could lead us to search and rescue robots.”
21: “Microscopic mite will bug bees” in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper and online reports on work published last year by Professor Ben Oldroyd. (See the June 2012 Media Report for more coverage of this research.)
29: The Australian has interviewed Professor Steve Simpson regarding his research into locust swarming, which has changed ideas about human obesity – “Locusts lead to a fat chance-discovery.”
31: The Age newspaper has interviewed James Herbert-Read and Associate Professor Ashley Ward on how mosquitofish move as a group – “Fishing for answers”
1: In a Women’s Health and Fitness magazine article on diets to promote longevity, “Extension diets”, Professor Steve Simpson comments on the Okinawa principle. Steve says the ratio of protein to carbohydrates consumed is important as well as the total calorie count.
Genetic research by Dr Tom Newsome showing that the dingos in the Tanami Desert have not bred with domestic dogs gets coverage on ABC radio.
- 3: “A study has shown that dingos living in the Tanami desert region of central Australia are among the purest in the country.” - ABC Alice Springs, ABC Ballarat and thirty other ABC regional radio stations.
- 4: “Tanami dingoes among purest in Australia” - ABC Rural (online)
- 12: “Tanami dingoes among purest in Australia” - Campus Daily (online)
8: Dr Camilla Whittington’s visit to Orange Anglican Grammar School to extract DNA from strawberries was covered by the Central Western Daily in “Science under the microscope”.
A regional outreach program, Kickstart on the Road, visited Tamworth and was covered locally. The program targets HSC-level students and involves the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Physics.
- 15: “Workshops to kickstart science studies” - Northern Daily Leader
- 18: Interview with ABC New England North West.
- 20: “Kickstarting a career in science” - Namoi Valley Independent
- 22: “Science gear opens doors to the future” - Northern Daily Leader
25: Science Magazine (online) reports on research suggesting that viviparous reptiles originated on tropical mountainsides, “Lizard family tree solves 30-year-old mystery”. Dr Matthew Brandley comments on this research by encouraging the examination of other warm climate viviparous species.
3: Dr Tom Newsome published an article in ECOS Magazine on the funding for a feasibility study to resurrect the wild-dog fence in Queensland’s central west. In the article, “Dog-fence proposal reignites debate over role of dingoes”, Dr Newsome said there will be ecological consequences that most likely won’t be factored into the economic viability.
- 16: Interview with ABC Wide Bay. Also broadcast on ABC North West WA and seven other ABC stations.
- 22: Interview with ABC Tropical North.
7: 2TM interviewed Dr Kerryn Parry-Jones about Hendra. She said vaccination is best to prevent deaths.
11: Dr Mathew Crowther contributes to The Conversation’s series on Australian endangered species - “Australian endangered species: Central Rock-rat”.
- 16: “Fears for rarest rock-rats” – Centralian Advocate
16: ABC Western Queensland interviewed Professor Chris Dickman about how dry weather affects bilbies. Replayed on 17 July and also broadcast on ABC North West Queensland.
The students who attended the Gifted and Talented Discovery program are profiled in local newspapers (see April and July 2012 media reports also).
- 17: “Science a natural selection” – Armidale Express
- 18: “Top scientific minds” – St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
- 18: “Student takes on science challenge” – Corryong Courier
- 18: “Elizabeth’s got a gift for science” – Port Macquarie Independent
- 19: “Gifted program” – North Shore Times
- 19: “Switched on science” – Singleton Argus
- 19: “Young scientist in NSW’s top 9.4% - Maitland Mercury
- 23: “Heart for the sciences” – Illawarra Mercury
- 23: “Science stars” – Blacktown Sun
- 23: “Science classes for your school holidays? Yes please, says James” – Border Mail
- 23: “Science stars” – Northern News
- 23: “Experimenting with future role” – Auburn Review Pictorial
- 23: “Science stars” - Rouse Hill-Stanhope Gardens News (online)
- 24: “Skilled Ruby shines” – Wentworth Courier
- 24: “Fun in science” – Coffs Coast Advocate
- 30: “Gifted kids hands-on” – Hills News
- 30: “Mitch joins talented science students for workshop” – Inverell Times
- 31: “Elite training for science students” – Port Macquarie News
- August 14: “A gift to science” – Camden Haven Courier
- August 14: “Science students get career insights” – Rouse Hill Times
21: Professor Chris Dickman commented to The Age about a CRC bid for funding to reintroduce locally extinct fauna to Wilson’s Promontory, VIC. Professor Dickman said if the bid was successful, it would be an exciting development - “Prom may be in for a devil of a time”.
Kickstart on the Road received media attention for its visit to Parkes and Wagga Wagga (see June 2013 media report for more coverage of the program).
- 22: “Unique science experience coming to Parkes” – Champion Post
- 23: 2WG Newsreader
- 23: ABC Central West NSW interviews Francesca van den Berg
- 24: “Workshops generate excitement” – Riverina Leader
- 24: “Mudgee High students kickstart science study” – The Weekly
- 25: Interview with ABC Riverina
- 25: Interview with Win TV Wagga Wagga
- 26: “Students get a Kickstart” – Irrigator
- 26: “Out and about” – Daily Advertiser
- 31: “Kickstart to HSC success at Condobolin High School” – Condobolin Argus
- 31: “Kids get kick start in physics” – Champion Post
- August 5: Photo in Champion Post
24: Professor Steve Simpson has an interview with 3AW Drive program about the Charles Perkins Centre building and the objectives of the centre. Also broadcast on 2AY.
- 25: “Sydney Uni to launch $500m obesity centre” – Canberra Times
- 25: “University sets up $500m centre for obesity research” – Sydney Morning Herald
- August 5: “A new look at obesity” – Newcastle Herald
30: “Threat from athlete cane toads” appears in The Australian. This article discussed research published in PNAS from the lab of Professor Rick Shine which showed that studies that only track established populations of invasive species can underestimate the rate at which they can spread into new territory.
- 30: Professor Rick Shine also published an article in The Conversation - “Why cane toads give us small hope for climate change”. The article suggested that, based on cane toad data, species may manage to shift their distributions more quickly than estimated from stable populations.
- 30: “The accelerating invader: super-speedy cane toads on the frontline” - Noodls (online)
- 31: “Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions” - PhysOrg
- 31: “Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions” – Interesting Tech
- October 1: “Expansion of invasive species underestimated” - Australasian Science
1: ”Science chews the fat” is the heading of the Newcastle Herald article which interviews Professor Steve Simpson. He comments on his research into animal nutrition and how it links to human obesity.
10: The Weekend Australian interviewed Professor David Raubenheimer on vegan diets for cats – “Cats and dogs on vegan diets give experts paws for thought”.
1: Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli is interviewed by 702 ABC Sydney about why insects are dominant on this planet, their perception of pain and risk and about research into managing insects.
1: Australasian Science article, “Shape shifters”, mentions research by Professor Rick Shine into the evolution of Australia land snakes.
5: Professor Rick Shine’s success at the Eureka Awards was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.
- 12: ABC1 Catalyst program
- 13: “Professor Rick Shine on snakes, cane toads... and mentors” - ABC 702
17: The Courier Mail interviewed Professor Rick Shine about a reported increase in snake bites in Queensland – “Deadlier snakes coming out to play as suburbs grow”
19: ABC Radio’s NSW Country Hour program interviewed Dr Arianne Cease on her research into how degraded soils can promote locust growth and the development of migratory swarms - Locusts prefer poor pastures: Sydney Uni research.
26: The Conversation published another endangered species article by Dr Mathew Crowther, on the decline of the Carpentarian Rock-rat in Australia’s Top End.
30: Associate Professor Peter Banks talks about sniffer rats to ABC Darwin. He says rats can detect tiny trace amounts of chemicals.
3: The next instalment on Australian endangered species in The Conversation, published by Dr Mathew Crowther, on the Lesser Stick-nest Rat.
Dr Mathew Crowther received domestic and international media coverage, in print, radio and TV, with a reach to 1,769, 251 people for his research on koalas. This research found that in extreme heat koalas moved from feed to shade trees and suggested that Australia's koala population could face a decline unless more is done to protect it from extreme weather.
- 3: “Rising temperatures pose risk for koalas” - ABC Online
- 3: “Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline” - AAP Newswire
- 3: Newsreader reads story on Channel 7 Sunrise, ABC News 24, ABC Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts, ABC Coffs Coast, 702 ABC Sydney, 666 ABC Canberra, ABC Wide Bay, 2TM, 2SM, 2DU, ABC South East NSW and 612 ABC Brisbane
- 3: “Koala management plans barking up wrong tree” - ABC Online
- 3: Interviews with 2SER FM, Radio Adelaide, Prime7 Tamworth and 2UE (also broadcast on 2CC, 2MC FM and 4BU).
- 3: “Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar” - Yahoo Philippines News
- 3: “Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar” – study - Rappler
- 3: “Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline” - News.com.au
- 3: "Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline” - AllVoices
- 3: “Koala population facing ‘massive and disastrous decline’ from climate change” - International Business Times Australia
- 3: “Koala management plans barking up wrong tree, researchers say” - Yahoo! News Australia
- 3: “Koala management plans barking up wrong tree” - The Sydney News
- 3: “Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar” - News.net
- 3: “Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar” - SgLinks.com
- 3: “Call for new approach to koala conservation” - Noodls
- 3: “Climate change could cause ‘massive’ koala decline: Study” - Today Online
- 4: “Rising mercury may drop koala” – Courier Mail
- 4: “Koalas at risk from rising temperatures” - Eco News
- 7: “Environment put at risk: protecting koalas” – Daily Examiner
- 7: “Opinion: Koalas cannot adapt to habitat loss” – Newcastle Herald
- 8: “Keep tall trees for our koalas” - Radio National
- 8: “Protecting vulnerable koala populations” - Wee Waa News
- 8: “Koalas do battle with the land” - Namoi Valley Independent
- 8: “Heat putting koalas under new threat” - Maitland Mercury
- 8: “For koalas, all trees aren’t created equal” – Newcastle Herald
- 9: Mention on the 2CS FM news.
- 9: “It’s not just about gum trees” - Quirindi Advocate
- 10: “It’s not just about gum trees” - Namoi Valley Independent
- 11: “Koalas need more shelter to survive” - Inverell Times
- 12: “It’s too hot for a koala to bear” - Northern Daily Leader
- 14: “Shelter as important as food for sweltering koalas” - ECOS Magazine
- 16: “Coast koalas at risk as developers bulldoze shelter trees” and “Tree diversity essential for koala survival” – Gold Coast Sun - Central
- 20: “Tree diversity essential for koala survival” - Gold Coast-Australia (online)
- 23: “Koala relocations vital, UDIA says” – Gold Coast Sun – Central
- 26: Interview with 774 ABC Melbourne.
- 28: “Dibaca 12 kaliKawanan koala terancam bahaya” - Harian Analisa Daily
- November 14: “Call for new approach to koala conservation” – Narrandera Argus
- November 18: Interview with Statewide Afternoons – ABC Illawarra
6: The Sun Herald interviewed PhD candidate Elizabeth Lowe on her research indicating that the increasing use of home pesticides is creating a biodiversity imbalance - “Killing spiders risks an increase in other pests”.
8: Professor Rick Shine answers questions from 891 ABC Adelaide listeners about cane toads in Hawaii.
9: Professor Chris Dickman is mentioned in a Braidwood Times article, “Population, resources and climate change – implications for Australia’s near future”, as a speaker in an upcoming Fenner Conference at the Australian Academy of Science.
The science outreach Gifted and Talented Discovery Program appears in local papers profiling participants.
- 9: “Ben’s at home discovering science” - Daily Liberal
- 10: “Science student gifted” - Barrier Daily Truth
- 11: “Science discovery” – Inverell Times
- 11: “Science genius” - Penrith Press
- 15: “Rebecca enjoys scientific sojourn” – Southern Courier
- 15: “A scientific adventure” - Illawarra Mercury
- 15: “Four local high-schoolers picked for gifted course” - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
- 16: “Glimpse at science career inspires teen” - CENTRAL
- 16: “Achievers” - Coffs Coast Advocate
Research from Professor Maria Byrne has found the sea cucumber can play an important role in protecting coral on the Great Barrier Reef.
- 15: “Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef” - AAP newswire
- 15: “Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef” - Herald Sun
- 15: “Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef” - The Sydney News
- 15: “Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef” - Newstalk ZB
- 15: Interview with ABC Capricornia and ABC Tropical North
- 15: “Evidence of overfishing on GBR” - Science Alert
- 16: “Sea cucumber viability affects reef system” - Gladstone Observer
- 16: “Concerns for sea cucumbers in the Great Barrier Reef” - Practical Fishkeeping
- 21: “Sea cucumbers may be key to reef health” - ECOS Magazine
- 25: “Unsustainable fishing on reef” - Gympie Times
22: Penrith Press reports on opening of the Charles Perkins Centre Nepean and interviews Professor Steve Simpson - “New centre to focus on chronic diseases”.
24: The Conversation published another endangered species article by Dr Mathew Crowther – woylie.
5: Dr Mathew Crowther authored an op-ed in The Conversation about the fossil history of the platypus – “Fossil of giant platypus unearthed in Riversleigh”.
Research by Dr Alison Gosby reveals humans are hardwired to reach a protein intake target which may be causing people to overeat. The findings were originally published in Obesity Reviews – “Protein leverage and energy intake”.
- 6: Interview on Seven News – 7TWO
- 6: Interview on the Nights program – 2UE
- 7: “Protein craving leads to overeating” – Canberra Times
- 7: “Hunger for protein may cause overeating: study” – Sydney Morning Herald
- 7: Interview on ABC radio channels News Radio, North West WA and Riverina
- 10: Interview on The Sunday Show – 774 ABC Melbourne
- 13: Interview on Riverland Today – ABC Riverland SA
- 17: Interview on Weekend Nights – 4BC (Brisbane)
- December 1: “You may scoff” – Readers Digest
- December 1: “B + S Newsflash: Lack of protein drives overeating” – Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Tasmanian, Sunday Times and Sunday Mail Adelaide
9: Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli was quoted about funnel web spiders in a Sydney Morning Herald article about snake precautions – “Precautions, alertness can counter snake danger”. Professor Rick Shine commented on a similar topic in “Snakes raid the suburbs” in the Daily Telegraph.
15: There is a brief in MX about PhD student Lucy Taylor’s study into how nature impacts well-being – “Time for a tree change”.
20: Associate Professor Peter Banks jointly authored an op-ed published in The Conversation encouraging scientists to think more dangerously - “Science needs to be more dangerous”
21: Aaron Greenville and Associate Professor Glenda Wardle co-authored an op-ed for The Conversation about how the dingo may face the same fate as the Tasmania tiger – “Will we hunt dingoes to the brink like the Tasmanian tiger?”
AAP Newswire reports Professor Steve Simpson is concerned about the emphasis on micronutrients as the cure or cause of disease.
- 21: “Professor uses 1000 mice to expose food folly” – The Australian
1: The Australian Geographic regular section “Ask an expert” questioned Professor Rick Shine about cane toads. He explains that cane toads can rapidly adapt to colder conditions.
3: Dr Mathew Crowther comments to The Conversation in an article entitled “Grunt work: unique vocal folds give koalas their low-pitched voice”. He says the researchers initially dissected ten male koalas and found no specialisation.
- 3: “Mysteriously loud Koala calls explained” - Radio National Drive
7: Work on native mint species, Prostanthera marifolia, by Dr Trevor Wilson and Dr Murray Henwood is reported on in the Weekend Australian section “Flora”. The article says that seed and plant material from the native mint will be stored to ensure its survival.
7: The Daily News in Tweed Heads publicises a seminar by Dr Matt Greenlees in which he will speak about cane toad management – “Toad control”.
11: Dr Matt Greenlees was interviewed on the Gold Coast’s local Channel Nine evening news bulletin about a trial of new traps to help native animals.
18: Dr Will Figueira is interviewed by 89.7FM about the federal government’s plan to overturn the ban on recreational fishing in marine reserves - “Boiling point science excerpts: recreational fishing.”
19: Dr Mathew Crowther wrote an op-ed about the Kangaroo Island Dunnart published in The Conversation.
31: The Sydney Morning Herald reports PhD candidate Rebecca Morris has collaborated with a team to research how pots can act as a substitute for rock pools in which algae, snails, starfish and crabs can live - “Sydney Harbour sea creatures go potty for wall of man-made homes.”