Questing for novel biomining microorganisms in extreme environments

30 April 2021

Unique acidic hypersaline lakes can be found scattered around the Yilgarn craton of Western Australia. These poly-extreme ecosystems are among the most biologically challenging waters on Earth, due to often extreme UV radiation doses, and high concentrations of salts, iron, sulfur, and heavy metals. Hostile [...]

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Bald Head Trail Monitoring

03 January 2021

Bald Head walk trail in Albany, Western Australia (WA) (-35.098763, 117.967622) is a challenging linear 13-kilometer return track, located in the Torndirrup National Park. The trail crosses the Flinders Peninsula from East to West, and, with spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound, […]

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Remote sensing assessment of Lake Seppings ibis population

On a 2019 trip to Albany, WA, we used aerial imagery from DJI drones and GIS-based analyses to survey habitat, abundance and spatial distribution of two ibis species in beautiful Lake Seppings. The numbers of Australian White Ibis and Straw-necked Ibis at the lake have […]

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A bushfire management scenario plan for an urban reserve in Perth, Western Australia

  Koondoola Regional Bushland (KRB) is a 137-hectare remnant bushland site of the Swan Coastal Plain in Western Australia, particularly important for social, ecological economic and cultural reasons. KRB is roughly quadrangular with maximum extensions N-S and W-E of ≈1.7 Km and 1.2 Km, respectively. […]

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Cadmium level assessment in soil, water, and sediments from an urban reserve in Perth

Cadmium is a heavy metal, non-essential and non-beneficial to living organisms; as an environmental pollutant it is typically associated with road runoff, fuel, gas, lubricating oil products, tyre and brake wear (Davies et al., 2000). Here, cadmium levels were investigated in soil-, sediment- and water- […]

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Urban heat island in Perth, Western Australia: extent, variation, and mitigation success

29 December 2020

The urban heat island (UHI) effect is a local energy imbalance of anthropogenic origin, observable between the city and its rural surroundings. Many factors are considered responsible for the length, extent, and severity of the UHI. Recent spatial/temporal global trends, associated with various environmental and […]

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Mapping the Pilbara river pools using remote sensing and machine learning

17 December 2020

Econumerics recently completed a pilot study to review an existing geospatial dataset, documenting the extent of natural river pools in the Pilbara. Previous GIS analyses had been conducted using various criteria, data sources, and processing workflows. Due to the two distinct local seasons (dry and […]

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Corybas Dowlingii habitat suitability model

Orchids belong to the second world’s largest family of flowering plants, which comprises 736 currently recognized genera, and nearly 28,000 species (Chase, Cameron et al. 2015). Among them is the Red Helmet Orchid, a rare terrestrial colonially growing tuberous herb, also known as Red Lantern. […]

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