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In the News

Members of the Institute engage with the media considerably and are often called upon to provide expert advice and commentary on important issues affecting rural and regional Australia.

Engaging with the media also provides the opportunity for our researchers to engage with the wider community and to promote and publicise their research and findings.

All media releases involving ILWS researchers are issued as CSU Media Releases. Our researchers engage with both traditional media (print, radio and TV) as well as social and on-line media.

In the News 2020 is a compilation of media coverage received by ILWS members from information provided by CSU Media and the news monitoring services it uses.

Our researchers also regularly write Opinion Pieces and Articles for on-line news services such as The Conversation.  See Commentary for more details


Tales of wombat ‘heroes’ have gone viral. Unfortunately, they’re not true

If you’ve been following the bushfire crisis on social media and elsewhere, you may have seen reports of benevolent wombats herding other animals to shelter into their fire-proof burrows.  These stories went quickly viral – probably reflecting the appetite for good news after the horrors of the bushfire crisis. However the accounts are not entirely accurate. Associate Professor Dale Nimmo explains wombat behaviour in The Conversation, January 15.

Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive
A sobering estimate has put the number of animals killed across eastern Australia at 480 million. But let’s look at some uplifting facts: how animals survive, and what challenges they overcome in the days and weeks after a fire. Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, ILWS animal ecology expert outlines the techniques and strategies employed by Australia’s ingenious fauna when a bushfire threatens their survival in The Conversation, January 8.


Hunter, hunted: when the world catches on fire, how do predators respond?

The Conversation - Hunter, huntedAs climate change continues, large, intense, and severe fires will become more common. But what does this mean for the animals living in fire-prone environments? As Australia battles devastating bushfires, IlWS researcher Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, is one of five Australian researchers looking at some of the long-term implications for ecosystems in the Conversation, December 26.

What NZ and Australia can learn from British Columbia’s implementation of Indigenous rights

The Conversation - British Colombia's implementation of Indigenous rightsBritish Columbia has legislated to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan wrote about the lessons this might hold for Australia and New Zealand in the Conversation, December 19.

Double trouble as feral horse numbers gallop past 25,000 in the Australian Alps

The Conversation - feral horses in the Australian AlpsFeral horse numbers have more than doubled in the past five years in the Australian Alps, according to results just released from the Australian Alps Feral Horse Aerial Survey. Scientists warned the government that very high numbers of horses would be the inevitable consequence of its inaction over horse management.  Institute researcher Professor Dave Watson is one of the co-authors of this article on the devastating impacts the huge horse numbers are having in the Australian Alps in The Conversation, December 15.

Can Indigenous Australians be deported as ‘aliens’? A High Court decision will show us the strength of modern colonial power

The Conversation - deportation of Indigenous Australians"The power to remove an Indigenous person from their traditional country is a power over that person’s indigeneity. It shows how Australia is still asserting colonial power over the identity of its First Peoples," argues Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan in The Conversation, December 9.

Scientists re-counted Australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

extinct speciesAssociate Professor Dale Nimmo is one of a number of coauthors  in this article into Australia's extinct species.."In the most comprehensive assessment of its kind, our research has confirmed that 100 endemic Australian species living in 1788 are now validly listed as extinct.  Alarmingly, this tally confirms that the number of extinct Australian species is much higher than previously thought."  in The Conversation, December 1.

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