Save our Giant Australian Cuttlefish & Little Penguins
Get involved in key research that aims to save the plight of our Giant Australian Cuttlefish or Little Penguins.
Giant Australian Cuttlefish
Australia is home to the world’s only known site where cuttlefish gather to mate en masse.
From May to August, if you head into the water around Point Lowly, South Australia, you’ll be able to observe what look like aliens – hundreds, even thousands of tentacled organisms with their unusual distinctive W-shaped eye pupils, and pulsating colours moving across their body. Intent on mating, the cuttlefish will be totally oblivious to your presence.
But this population of cuttlefish dropped in abundance from an estimated 150,000 animals in the late 1990s to only 13,492 in 2013.
There are various threats to Little Penguins, including incidental bycatch by fishers; marine litter such as discarded nets which can entangle marine life; and overfishing of certain fish species.
Save our oceans - study wildlife and restoration ecology
Great science leaves people engaged, admiring, and wanting more. Help us restore native oysters reef that once rivalled coral reefs or figure out how to we can adapt marine life to ocean change. Your honours experience will figure out how marine life best responds by experimenting in tanks, or making observations on snorkel or SCUBA dives.
You’ll work with employers from private industry and government. You’ll be supported by international NGOs and large private donors. Some travel is required as we watch how marine life responds to ocean acidification and marine heatwaves around South Pacific Islands and our Gulfs.
You’ll use creativity not only to bring accurate information that is lucid in its meaning, but also creates an interesting experience as student and value for its funder.
Research area: Save our oceans - wildlife & restoration ecology
Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science