Dramatic loss of globe’s wetlands

Researchers analysing more than one-million satellite images have discovered 4,000 square kilometres of tidal wetlands have been lost globally over twenty years – but ecosystem restoration and natural processes are playing a part in reducing total ...



Wuthathi Land and Sea Custodians partner with TropWATER scientists

Wuthathi Land and Sea Custodians will use drone, helicopter and drop camera surveys to map seagrass habitats on Wuthathi Sea Country in Northern Cape York, in partnership with TropWATER scientists.Combining cutting-edge technology, science and Tr...



Long lost ‘bum-breathing’ turtle makes its return

A revolutionary new DNA detection method has helped rediscover an iconic species of turtle last seen more than 25 years ago in a northern Queensland river.Water samples taken from the lower Burdekin River by a James Cook University-led ...



Studying dugongs from the sky

Drones could fast-track how scientists collect data on one of the most elusive marine mammals in the Great Barrier Reef. Dr Chris Cleguer is trialling the technology to search for dugongs in a known hotspot just off Townsville at Cleveland Bay, reco...



‘Turtle gate’ gives safe passage in feral pig dilemma

Native freshwater turtles have been caught in the battle to keep feral pigs out of coastal wetlands, with many adult turtles becoming fatally trapped by fences.But now, scientists and Traditional Owners on Cape York Peninsula have found it’s po...



Using genetic clues in the race to find ‘missing’ frogs

Genetic clues in the water could lead scientists to the last surviving populations of frogs on the brink of extinction – and it could be our last hope to find them.For decades, scientists have slowly scoured remote mountain ranges in search of ...



Clever fish – Yellowfin Bream Individuality

For the first time, yellowfin bream has been recorded grasping and manoeuvring shells, pebbles, leaves and sticks in search for hidden prey.TropWATER scientists, Dr Brendan Ebner, who captured the behavioural footage, said this kind of foraging s...



Dissecting the Dishonourable Catfish from the Tablelands Trophy Fishery

The recent 2021 Barra Bash at Lake Tinaroo was about angler participation and the elusive big barramundi, but emerging citizen scientists also investigated an unwanted species that has become established in the reservoir. The annual fishing tournamen...



Competitive Summer Internship and Industry Placement with $2,000 bursary – Cairns/Townsville/Mackay

How would you like to join forces with an award winning university and industry partnership for a unique career-enhancing opportunity in marine science and environmental management?James Cook University’s TropWATER and North Queensland Bulk P...