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New study looking into the movement and social habits of the iconic Thorny Devils

School students inspire study into Central Australia’s infamous Thorny Devils

A Central Australian researcher from Charles Darwin University is analysing the social behaviour and physiology of Australia’s Thorny Devil to answer unexplained questions about the iconic creature.

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Ants and innovation: using insect genetics to assess ecosystem restoration

A new research project at Charles Darwin University aims to take a genetic approach to using insects as indicators of ecosystem restoration

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More than one in five reptile species threatened with extinction globally

New international research shows more than one in five reptile species are threatened with extinction globally, with Australia being a new priority region for better conservation efforts.

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A change in diet could explain the recovery of saltwater crocodiles in Northern Australia.

Change in diet may contribute to rapid recovery of apex predator, new research reveals

New research from Charles Darwin University (CDU) has revealed that the estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the Northern Territory have shifted from an estuarine based diet to one that is largely derived from terrestrial sources.

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Charles Darwin University (CDU) hydrologist Dr Clément Duvert is studying how much carbon is lost from our landscape through the water cycle.

CDU expert says Australia’s East Coast drenching releases large quantities of CO2 to the atmosphere

The drenching of Australia’s East Coast could have an important impact on the carbon cycle as massive amounts of carbon are lost from terrestrial ecosystems due to erosion and flooding, says a Charles Darwin University (CDU) hydrologist. 

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A new research project in the Northern Territory by Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) is set to track one of the world’s most iconic and sought-after sports fish, billfish.

Top End anglers get behind tracking the world’s fastest fish

Top End anglers are being called on to help Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers track one of the world’s most iconic and sought-after sports fish, the billfish.

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First Nations knowledge to aid turtle conservation in the Territory

First Nations knowledge and information will aid conservation and kickstart new plans for the management and monitoring of freshwater turtles in the Northern Territory.

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Charles Darwin University (CDU) Microbiologist Dr Susan Pizzutto testing wastewater for traces of COVID-19 for the NT Department of Health.

CDU partnership speeds up the tracing of COVID-19 in the Top End

The Northern Territory now has the capacity to test its own wastewater for traces of COVID-19, thanks to a team of microbiologists at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

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Rescued ‘old man’ turtle released back to sea

Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Larrakia Rangers have released a 100-year-old flatback sea turtle back into the ocean after rescuing and rehabilitating it.

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