James Cook University (JCU) is a public university based in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The university has two Australian campuses, located in Townsville and Cairns respectively, and an international campus in Singapore. JCU is the second oldest university in Queensland—proclaimed in 1970—and the first tertiary education institution in North Queensland.
Fish go deep to beat the heat
A James Cook University study shows fish retreating to deeper water to escape the heat, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to pass.
Work on barren soil may bear fruit
Australian and Chinese scientists have made significant progress in determining what causes soil acidification - a discovery that could assist in turning back the clock on degraded croplands.
High-altitude climate change to kill cloud forest plants
Australian scientists have discovered many tropical, mountaintop plants won't survive global warming, even under the best-case climate scenario.
Tiny transmitters glued to the backs of bees for the first time
James Cook University researchers in Australia are creating a buzz in bee research, gluing tiny transmitters to the backs of the insects for the first time.
How a box jellyfish catches fish
The first feeding study of tropical Australia's Irukandji box jellyfish has found that they actively fish. They attract larval fish by twitching their extended tentacles, highlighting their nematocyst clusters (stinging structures) ...
Team finds 'unprecedented' earthquake evidence in Africa 25,000 years ago
Lead researcher Hannah Hilbert-Wolf and supervisor Dr. Eric Roberts used innovative methods to examine the ground around Mbeya in Tanzania where a large earthquake occurred some 25,000 years ago.
Mysterious black leopards finally reveal their spots
James Cook University scientists have helped invent a clever technique to tell black leopards apart – a trick that may end up saving their skins.
Surviving the 'most explosive era of infrastructure expansion' in nine steps
One of the world's most acclaimed environmental researchers has warned of an 'explosive era' of infrastructure expansion across the globe, calling for a new approach to protect vulnerable ecosystems.
Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior
A James Cook University Professor's study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together.
Oil palm—a modeled crop: Scientists developed a model for oil palm cultivation
Australian scientists have developed a model for oil palm cultivation, aimed at helping growers of the crop maximize the yields of their plantations, while minimizing detrimental environmental impacts.