DEEP Thought

What is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?*

*All posts are personal reflections of the blog-post author and do not necessarily reflect the views of other DEEP members.

May 2018

THE TRUE STORY OF FLIGHTLESS BIRDS – INTERROGATIONS ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF FLIGHTLESS BIRDS

by Lucile Lévêque, 31st May at 12:06 PM

The popular ideas we have about the way birds became flightless can seem straightforward, but the actual evolutionary pathway is rather complex. The stories about how evolution crafted biodiversity are fascinating, but they are long stories punctuated by exceptions and oddities. This article will concentrate on flightlessness in groups other than the giant prehistoric birds and the ratites, as the evolutionary reasons for their flightlessness are different stories.


April 2018

CITIES AND HEALTH: FOR BETTER OR WORSE

by Emily Flies, 27th April at 15:52 AM

Historically, cities were considered centres for filth, disease, violence and amoral behaviour. Even today, urbanization has been linked to disease emergence and some diseases are more prevalent or spread faster in cities. However, many public health professionals argue that the city dwellers of today experience health benefits from improved access to healthcare, economic opportunities and vibrant social settings. So who’s right and what’s really happening with health in cities?


March 2018

AUSTRALIA HAS A BAD MAMMAL EXTINCTION RECORD – AND IT’S PROBABLY WORSE THAN WE THINK!

by Matt McDowell, 27th March at 8:34 AM

When a species is lost from a community the processes and functions they performed are also lost. Since European settlement in 1788, Australia has had the highest mammal extinction rate in the world. The ongoing recognition of new taxa suggests the extent of Australia’s biodiversity loss is underestimated


 February 2018

A PEEK INTO THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL ASPECTS OF PROTECTING INDIGENOUS ‘INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY’

by Hanh Nguyen, 27th February at 10:32 AM

The ongoing fight against biopiracy and the appropriation of indigenous traditional knowledge and resources.


 January 2018

“KNOW WHERE YOU STAND”, THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR BIODIVERSITY AND HERITAGE (CABAH) MASTERCLASS ‘INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN A FIELD SETTING: WORKING ON COUNTRY’

by Tessa Smith, 29th January at 11:46 AM

Learning the history and aiming higher for beneficial collaborations with indigenous groups. Two researchers from the DEEP group reflect on the five day CABAH Masterclass ‘Indigenous community engagement in a field setting: Working on Country‘ hosted by Monash University and the Taungurung Clans in Melbourne.


December 2017

ROBUST SCIENCE, THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE, AND WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PETROGLYPHS

by Carley Fuller, 20th December at 10:05 AM

Increasingly at odds with this concept of Aboriginal stewardship, industrial development on the peninsula has intensified over the past decades. CSIRO monitored petroglyphs at seven sites between 2004 to 2014 using colour and reflectance spectroscopy, choosing five southern sites close to industrial production and two northern sites, further from industry. This year the overall ambiguous results seemed to have given a green light to further industrial development.