How Fire Shapes Plant Life Cycles

Working adaptively with fire as a tool for ecological health can help us to prevent the extinction of flora species across Victoria’s ecosystems. Ella Plumanns Pouton (University of Melbourne/Deakin University) works to understand how fire regimes support different plants across their whole life cycle, providing a vital scientific foundation for fire management practices that respond to the unfolding global biodiversity crisis.

Members’ Proxy Form for Voting at the 2023 AGM

In accordance with the Rules of the Society, financial Members of the Royal Society of Victoria Inc. may vote in person or by proxy. Rule 22 and Appendix 1 of the Rules requires notice of the appointment of a proxy, who is a member of the Society with voting rights, to be given or sent […]

Cultural Dissonance and Invasive Deer in Victoria

Feral deer are capable of increasing 35 to 50 percent each year in population. Peter Jacobs tells us “there is no short-term fix to mitigate deer impacts now that the population has been allowed to grow to over a million animals spread across the state.” But Victorians can still prevent the further spread of destructive invasive deer species to the rest of the Australian continent.

Lighting the Way: The Australian Synchrotron

The unassuming frontage along Blackburn Road in Clayton, Victoria, masks a hidden gem of Australian research infrastructure. Long gone is 1957’s iconic Clayton Metro Twin drive-in theatre. Today, the twin projectors have been replaced with a state-of-the-art light source a million times brighter than the Sun; a particle accelerator the size of a football field, the Australian Synchrotron.

Saving the Bee-cosystem

Backyard beekeeping has become quite popular, supporting food production and promoting pro-environmental behaviour, meaning people are more likely to take care of the broader environment. But European honeybees can pose risks to wild pollinators in our cities. They are not a replacement for wild, native bees, which are essential for maintaining biodiversity in Australia’s urban ecosystems.