Cool science

  • Map of Antarctica with marine protected areas marked out in lines

    World Environment Day 2013

    5 June 2013

    On World Environment Day we focus on a Marine Protected Area proposal that could see the protection of unique and significant marine ecosystems off the coast of East Antarctica.

  • A view of Macquarie Island station from North Head

    All creatures (and people) great and small

    27 May 2013

    Dr Meg McKeown has had a remarkable journey to her current position as Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine registrar working with the Australian Antarctic Division.

  • A common seastar, Diplasterias brucei, amongst a complex mix of epifaunal species including sponges and polychaete fan worms near Davis station.

    Marine biodiversity: More than meets the eye

    22 May 2013

    New research combining traditional taxonomy with DNA technology has found that Antarctic marine communities are more biologically diverse than previously thought.

  • A Patagonian toothfish being measured on an electronic measuring board.

    Patagonian toothfish now a ‘best choice’ for consumers

    12 April 2013

    Patagonian toothfish caught by Australian fishers has been labeled ‘best choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

  • Dr Helena Baird in a boat with Antarctic icebergs behind.

    Antarctic scientist to share research, culture and art with Nobel laureates in Japan

    18 December 2012

    A young Antarctic scientist will share her research on ‘giant’ crustaceans and other Antarctic sea floor creatures with Nobel laureates in Japan.

  • An iceberg in Antarctica.

    New PhD program gains momentum

    21 November 2012

    A new PhD program in Quantitative Antarctic Science has begun.

  • An Antarctic krill adult

    Rhythm of Antarctic Life

    10 July 2012

    Clock genes’ that regulate the daily and seasonal internal rhythms of krill are the target of new research by Antarctic scientists seeking a better understanding of what makes these important crustaceans tick.

  • The Southern Ocean

    World Oceans' Day

    8 June 2012

    Research in the Southern Ocean aims to answer the many questions arising in this rapidly changing environment.

  • A Patagonian toothfish being measured on an electronic measuring board.

    Sub-Antarctic toothfish fishery certified sustainable

    5 June 2012

    Australia’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) toothfish fishery is contributing to the ‘green economy’ on World Environment Day, after its independent certification as a sustainable and well managed fishery.

  • A giant sea spider, 25 cm in size.

    Boosting biodiversity conservation in the Southern Ocean

    22 May 2012

    The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve is set to expand, after the discovery of some of the most biodiverse examples of marine communities in the Southern Ocean.