Posts by Andrea Wild
Moths swarm on Queensland bank
The current population explosion and mass migration of moths and butterflies in Queensland is due to recent rain.
Bushfire impact on Australian plants
Many Australian plants have strategies to cope with fire and some species even take advantage of bushfires to germinate.
A Game of Flies: naming 230 new species
During past year we’ve put scientific names on around 230 new species, including a bee fly that resembles the Night King.
Eggshell forensics solve the riddles of ancient birds
We have achieved the delicate and intricate task of teasing DNA sequences from the shells of non-ratite birds, opening up egg collections in museums around the world as a resource for DNA-based research.
10 things you need to know about collections
First compiled by explorers and natural historians, now ecologists and other researchers, collections are catalogues for the phenomenal diversity of life on Earth, which—in a world of receding ecosystems—are only growing more important as records and reservoirs of understanding.
Species richness: our EOFY stock-take reveals over 200 newly discovered species
In the last year we've discovered and named over 200 different species including fossil insects, a catshark from PNG, a macadamia-blighting weevil, and a daisy known from just 20 individuals.
Environomics: Protecting our environment from the genome upward
Environomics (short for environmental genomics) means we can deliver environmental information fast, accurately and on a very large scale.
One fish, two fish, what is this new fish?
Understanding which fish species occur where, and identifying new fish species, is the starting point for managing our marine biodiversity.
Tintype specimens: Our Australian National Fish Collection in noir
Our fish collection was seen through a different lens during a photoshoot using techniques from the 1850s.
Tasmania’s not so sweet invader: the sugar glider
Australia's natural history collections have answered the question of whether sugar gliders are a native species to Tasmania, where they prey on the critically endangered swift parrot.
Kangaroo grass seeds hopping towards climate change
Plants are able to reproduce in a number of weird and wacky ways, but have you ever heard about seeds that wiggle and hop their way towards germination?