Melaleuca National Park: credit J Ringma

Researchers have warned a frenzied race to reach total land area conservation protection targets used by policymakers may in fact risk short-changing the underlying goal of conservation.

21 March 2018
Eastern bristlebird

South-East Queensland is in danger of losing one of the last remaining populations of the Eastern bristlebird, one of Australia’s most melodic songbirds, a study has shown.

9 March 2018

Concentrating at work can be hard at the best of times, but imagine how difficult it would be when infected with parasites.

8 March 2018
Professor Kerrie Wilson

Equality, diversity and saving the planet – these are just a few things on the to-do list for University of Queensland Professor Kerrie Wilson, who has been appointed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Committee.

2 March 2018
Land being cleared for a coal seam gas line. Flickr

Laws intended to protect Queensland’s most-threatened forests are failing, with the most vulnerable forests falling even faster than other forests.

29 January 2018
Researcher Janina Kaluza with the rare mouse

The continued survival of one of Australia’s rarest rodents, the water mouse, could hinge on significantly increasing the size of development buffer zones around their habitats.

25 January 2018
We are just now beginning to understand the potentially irreplaceable services these animals can provide, says researcher Chris O'Bryan

Animal carnivores living in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate – but they may provide crucial benefits to human societies.

19 January 2018
Road construction: what is the loss?

No net loss – a buzz phrase in environmental policy – is an approach that aims to neutralise negative environmental impacts from human activities.

12 January 2018
A cat flea. Photo: Stephen Doggett.

Fleas from domestic pets are infesting native wildlife and feral animals in all continents except Antarctica, a new study reveals.

8 January 2018
Niassa National Reserve: one of Africa's last remaining wilderness areas - JB Deffontaines

Maps of the world’s most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland-led study published today.

13 December 2017
An African elephant in Tanzania ... the extinction process begins earlier than scientists previously understood. (Image: Wikipedia Commons)

Skyrocketing prices for rare animal products can push species to extinction even when their populations are abundant, researchers say.

5 December 2017
Nest predators: boodies, a type of bettong (above), Image: John Lawson; a brushtail possum (below), Image: Andrew Mercer; a woylie (below left), Image John Lawson; and the painted button quail (below right), Image Greg Miles.

Native marsupials reintroduced in south-western Australia are a threat to ground-dwelling birds, a UQ study has found.

24 October 2017
Key factors affecting leaf size were night temperatures and risk of frost damage

Why is a banana leaf a million times bigger than a common heather leaf? And why are leaves generally much larger in tropical jungles than in temperate forests and deserts?

1 September 2017
Goniobranchus_splendidus: fish use the yellow rim to identify the danger. Photo: Anne Winters

Predator animals have long been known to avoid devouring brightly coloured and patterned prey, and now an international study has revealed more about how they recognise toxic species.

23 August 2017
Humpback whale 'spy hopping': Pic courtesy BRAHSS

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier.

17 August 2017
Sir Wedginald

A young adult wedge-tailed eagle shot out of the sky near Gympie last month is recuperating after surgery at the UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital at Gatton.

7 August 2017
Some animals use fluorescence or ‘enhanced’ colours

University of Queensland researchers have developed new knowledge on how animals see and use colour, and how their colour vision has evolved.

4 August 2017
Chasing Coral

A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, is about to hit the world’s small screens.

14 July 2017
Wildlife conservation expert Dr Tamara Keeley

University of Queensland staff, students and alumni are among 30 women selected as Science & Technology Australia’s first Superstars of STEM.

4 July 2017
The research vessel JOIDES Resolution, photo by Arito Sakaguchi, IODP/TAMU. Wikipedia Creative Commons.

Climate change around Antarctica can severely affect Australia’s rainfall and even influence the distribution of wet and dry zones across southeast Asia, an international study has revealed.

11 May 2017