Cool science

  • Deploying a net from the trawl deck of the Aurora Australis

    Tracking marine animals

    30 April 2007

    Precision sampling of the feeding behaviour of predators is made possible by software developed to show their location in near real time. This information helps build dynamic food web models.

  • An inflatable water craft brings more tourists on to a rocky isolated beach.  Ice cliffs form the back ground with a few penguins in the foreground.

    The Antarctic: Local signs, global message

    19 March 2007

    Warmer temperatures increase the threat of alien species, carried by humans, colonising ice-free areas of Antarctica.

  • Russ Hopcroft at the microscope

    Aliens of the ocean - bizarre and beautiful

    7 February 2007

    They look more like aliens than earth-forms, but according to Associate Professor Russ Hopcroft, the thousands of microscopic marine animals that make up the 'zooplankton' in our oceans, are a critical part of the marine ecosystem...

  • The small white builidng of the Medium Frequency radar

    Tides in the atmosphere

    2 February 2007

    To understand our atmosphere and predict its response to change, we need an understanding of all the processes going on within it, throughout its depth, and from pole to pole.

  • ANARE Station on a fine day in winter 1953, with Baudissin Glacier and Big Ben beyond.

    Exploration of Heard Island between 1947 and 1971

    14 December 2006

    Heard Island served as a testing ground for men, equipment, scientific programs, general administration, and logistics. Experience gained there was crucial to the successful establishment of Mawson in 1954. Seven Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) parties spent a winter …

  • Cleaning marine debris from the barge

    Temperate communities could adapt to cold

    20 November 2006

    20 November 2006 Cleaning marine debris from the bargePhoto: J. Whinam A major threat to native communities in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands is the establishment of invasive organisms. A temperate marine community, including several invasive organisms, fouling a barge …

  • The Krill cycle: egg, nauplius, metanuaplius, calyptopis, furcilia, adult

    Krill life history and environmental change

    20 November 2006

    Reduced sea ice cover in various parts of the Southern Ocean, due to climate change, is thought to contribute to the decline in krill numbers seen in some areas

  • The snow surface at Law Dome, one of the ice core sites used in this study.

    Australian Antarctic ice cores help build a map of snowfall

    10 August 2006

    International scientists show Antarctic snowfall rate is not increasing despite a warming climate in paper published in Science.

  • Sea spider specimen with legs uncurled

    New species of sea spider identified from Heard Island waters

    29 June 2006

    Ten new species of sea spiders have been identified in a collection of invertebrates from the Southern Ocean.

  • Andrew sets up the Lidar

    Smoke and Mirrors: The Legacy of a Veteran Cosmic Rock

    23 August 2005

    Smoke and Mirrors: The Legacy of a Veteran Cosmic Rock