The Environment


When will Australia’s volcanoes erupt?
A Macquarie University volcanologist is calling on authorities to implement an emergency response plan, warning an eruption in the Newer Volcanics Province - an area with over 400 volcanoes - could threaten Melbourne, Sydney and the east of Australia
How do shells form?
PhD student Matthew Kerr, from the Department of Biological Sciences, explains.
The story behind the journey of the black bean tree
A three-year project is exploring the ancient history of how Indigenous Australians moved plants around the continent.
Would you switch detergents to avoid eco apocalypse?
Fear of being seen as self-righteous bores is among the many reasons that environmentally conscious Australians don't buy green products.
What goes on in the private lives of sharks
Sharks are very smart, they learn quickly and they have feelings, says leading biological scientist Professor Culum Brown.
Insect hotels and why you should build one
A warning has been sounded that insects could disappear within a century. But Macquarie University entomologist Matthew Bulbert says we can all do something to help save them.
More wild weather on the way
The wild conditions across Sydney on Wednesday – followed by a hot weekend – are becoming far more common as the climate continues to change.
Drivers risk death when driving into flood water: new study
As torrential rain and flash flooding hit NSW on Wednesday, drivers were warned again it is never safe to enter flood waters - as Macquarie research has shown, a slight error of judgement can be the difference between life and death.
What causes a dust storm?
The extraordinary weather that caused dust storms across NSW in November was triggered by a large, swirling low pressure system characterised by strong winds and thunderstorms.
Leading Lights: Cities need more rooftop gardens
Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman is Head of Macquarie University's Department of Biological Sciences, leader of the Green Cities Project, board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and all-around hero of the garden. Discussing the 'Living
Sulawesi's earthquake and tsunami provide key insights into catastrophe response
Disaster researchers, who are keeping a close watch on the situation in Indonesia, highlight the gaps Australia has in its ability to handle a catastrophic event here.
Sydney's biggest green roof welcomes researchers and community gardeners
Through a partnership with Macquarie, a 1920s coal depot has been transformed into a community garden, science lab and outdoor classroom, with more plans afoot.