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November 2015
Postgraduate Excellence Prize for urban spider research   View Summary
19 November 2015
Lizzy Lowe's study of spiders response to urbanisation won her the Postgraduate Excellence PrizeHow does urbanisation change a spider? PhD student Lizzy Lowe has won the 2015 Postgraduate Excellence Prize for her research into hipster spiders.
Grant in Aid awarded for sand-making research   View Summary
17 November 2015
Grant in Aid awarded for sand-making researchSteve Doo, PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded the 2015 Dr Paris Goodsell Grant in Aid. His work investigates creatures whose skeletons form much of the sand on the sea floor.
October 2015
Biological Sciences researchers secure competitive government grants   View Summary
30 October 2015
Academics in the School of Biological Sciences have been awarded research money from the governmentAnnounced today, our academics have been awarded Discovery Project grants from the Australian Research Council totalling $2,752,600.
Young scientists awarded, embark on year-long campaign   View Summary
29 October 2015
Young Tall Poppy, Dr Camilla Whittington, studies pregancy genes.Awards by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science have recognised early career scientists who combine world-class research with a commitment to communication.
September 2015
New Zealand Smart Ideas grant awarded to chemically camouflage vulnerable natives   View Summary
10 September 2015
Ferrets, non-native to New Zealand, are feasting on their birds.Associate Professor Peter Banks and Dr Catherine Price are part of a trans-Tasman team that has won a grant to protect New Zealand's native wildlife.
Male seahorse and human pregnancies remarkably alike   View Summary
3 September 2015
Pregnancies in seahorses are carried by the males Their pregnancies are carried by the males but, when it comes to breeding, seahorses have more in common with humans than previously thought, new research from the University of Sydney reveals.
July 2015
Eureka Prize finalists   View Summary
27 July 2015
Two teams from the School of Biological Sciences have been named as finalists in the prestigious Eureka Prizes, known as the Oscars of Australian science.
Recipe for a locust pesticide - dollop of fungus, dash of bacteria   View Summary
16 July 2015
ARC linkage grant to fund biopesticide research. Photo sourced from Industry & Investment NSW.Professor Steve Simpson has been awarded funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage grants to increase the effectiveness of the biopesticide Green Guard®.
Can cane toad chemicals be used for their control?   View Summary
13 July 2015
Exposure to the cane toad chemical powerfully suppresses tadpole development.Australian Research Council Linkage funding has recently been awarded to study the potential of cane toad chemicals to suppress tadpole numbers.
June 2015
Snake fungus identified as an emerging disease risk to the international animal trade   View Summary
19 June 2015
Viper snake with fungus infectionResearchers in an Australian-United States collaboration have found a deadly fungal infection afflicting snakes in North America is able to persist across a range of habitats and infect multiple species.
May 2015
What is the best way to kill a cane toad?   View Summary
27 May 2015
Cool, then freeze - the most humane way to kill a toad. Photo by Terri ShineLike many pests, cane toads are killed in their thousands in Australia every year, especially by community-based 'toad-busting' groups. New research has now revealed the most humane way to do it.
Decline of large herbivores will create 'empty landscapes'   View Summary
4 May 2015
The diprotodon was a large Australian herbivore (Credit: Neftali/shutterstock.com)The decline or likely extinction of large herbivores such as rhinoceroses, hippos, zebras, camels and elephants threaten to create 'empty landscapes' in some of the world's most diverse ecosystems.
April 2015
Killer bees test a double win for Australian honeybees   View Summary
21 April 2015
New test will identify killer beesA genetic test that can prevent the entry of 'killer' bees into Australia and worldwide spread has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University in Canada.
Mitochondria from mothers only   View Summary
17 April 2015
Too many types of mitochondria in a cell cause dysfunctionA study recently published in PLOS Genetics used a mathematical modelling approach to address the problem of 'uni-parental' inheritance of mitochondria. Lead author Joshua Christie found that the 'cost' of inheriting mitochondria from both Mum and Dad was too high for the cells to pay.
March 2015
The dance language of bees might be indicative rather than precise   View Summary
3 March 2015
Honey bee dancing is often impreciseIndicating the location of a new home through dance has been found to be imprecise across honey-bee species, according to new research from the Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab.
February 2015
Time for a bold dingo experiment in NSW national park   View Summary
17 February 2015
Researchers suggest dingoes should be reintroduced into Sturt National ParkAllowing dingoes to return to Sturt National Park in NSW and researching the results may be the key to managing the future of dingoes and many threatened native mammals, University of Sydney researchers believe.
Viruses that cause human disease evolved in insects and spiders   View Summary
4 February 2015
New viruses discovered in water stridersSickly spiders, contagious cockroaches, ill insects - viruses which infect arthropods are mostly studied only if the viruses are also human pathogens. But new study, published this month in eLife, has investigated the full diversity of viruses which infect arthropods, with some interesting discoveries about viral evolution.