Reptiles are helping us better understand threats to Australia’s biodiversity
A University of Melbourne study shows Australian reptiles change their preference for burnt habitat depending on whether they live near native forest or pasture
The great tree census of 2023
Australia has joined the Forest Global Earth Observatory after University of Melbourne researchers spent 15 months measuring 51,324 trees across 16 hectares.
More fires as our air gets thirstier
We face an increased forest fire risk –for at least an extra 30 days per year– without urgent climate action finds new University of Melbourne-led research
Fossil forests under Antarctic ice
Recently described fossils are the most diverse yet of forests that grew in Antarctica 56 million years ago, finds new study including University of Melbourne
Why Australia’s severe bushfires may be bad news for tree regeneration
Australia’s trees have evolved with fire, most needing it for renewal, but now our forests have had too much severe fire, say University of Melbourne experts.
Planting trees is no substitute for natural forests
University of Melbourne research finds allowing degraded natural forests to re-grow is a more effective than planting new trees for storing atmospheric carbon.
All the forests in the world from a single layer of cells
University of Melbourne researchers have discovered how wood-making cells inside trees work, settling a century-old debate about how plants make bark and wood
Written in King Billy’s tree rings: 1700 years of climate history
University of Melbourne researchers have published a 1700 year tree ring chronology from King Billy pines in Tasmania, offering insights into climate history.
Seeds of hope lie in forests
The Paris Agreement recognises that forests are crucial to tackling emissions, but to save our trees we must tackle poverty, forestry expert Rod Keenan writes.
How a numbers man and a botanist are helping business go green
They make an unlikely pair - but these University of Melbourne experts could hold the key to helping companies reduce their impact on the environment.