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Nick Kilvert

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Past articles by Nick:

Quiz: How fast do you need to run to escape a crocodile? (and other important questions)

Have you heard the one about running away from crocodiles in a zig-zag pattern? Or that every three months "a person is torn to pieces" by a Queensland crocodile? We've got the questions, have you got the answers? Take the quiz and find out. → Read More

Orange roughy fishery report recommends 'sustainable seafood' status — but is slammed by conservation groups

Conservation groups have hit out at a report recommending the Marine Stewardship Council reclassify the Australian orange roughy fishery as sustainable, but industry groups say they're confident the fishery won't succumb to past mismanagement. → Read More

Always wanted to be a scientist but don't have the qualifications? That didn't stop Gina

Life got in the way of Gina Mascord's childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist, but that hasn't stopped her become a citizen scientist. → Read More

Turning female: The race to save the northern green turtle

Researchers and conservation groups are racing to find solutions to the rapid feminisation of the northern green turtle, but how much we need to intervene is still a great unknown. → Read More

Turning female: The race to save the northern green turtle

Researchers and conservation groups are racing to find solutions to the rapid feminisation of the northern green turtle, but how much we need to intervene is still a great unknown. → Read More

Citizen science projects you can get involved in right now

Research shows that spending time in nature is good for our mental health. Getting involved in citizen science projects in a great way to interact with the natural world and feel empowered to make positive change. → Read More

Want to lose weight, get healthy and help the planet? The Zombie Apocalypse Diet could be for you

In just four weeks I lost 9.8 kilograms, dropped my cholesterol from an unhealthy 6.1 to 4.4 and re-entered the healthy BMI category, and with the Zombie Apocalypse Diet (TM) you could too. → Read More

Want to be self-sufficient with food? Here are five tips to get you started

So the zombie apocalypse has struck without warning. There's no food in your fridge, your cupboards are bare, and you're not the type to be hoarding a cache of weapons. Here are a few tips to get you started. → Read More

Living off the land during lockdown: People eat cane toads, is it time I gave it a try?

As coronavirus restrictions shut down travel, my attempts to catch, grow, or forage all my food for a month became a lot more localised, and cane toads became a potential menu item. → Read More

I've been living off the land for a week and already I am will to risk limb (or at least digits) for a feed of mud crab

As day six rolled around on my self-imposed month of living without shops, I'd completely run out of meat, and it was time for one last attempt at catching mud crabs by hand. → Read More

Living off the land: How long could you last living of what you catch, grow or forage?

Living off the land may strike some of us as a noble idea. But what happens when you decide to spend a month eating only what you grow, catch, or forage? → Read More

New research pours cold water on 'insect apocalypse' fears

New research has found that the average rate of insect decline around the world is much lower than has been previously reported, and some insect populations are actually increasing. But there is still cause to be concerned. → Read More

Australia's threatened mammals decline by more than a third since 1990s, but there's a silver lining

The most comprehensive index to date of Australia's mammals shows that threatened mammal species have declined by more than a third on average between 1995 and 2016, but that targeted conservation efforts have proven overwhelmingly successful. → Read More

Scientists say there are at least 80 ways we can reduce emissions right now

Food waste and clean energy are the key to getting net emissions below zero by the 2040s, according to a new report from a major climate research group. → Read More

If 'life's a beach', Australian life is predicted to take the world's biggest hit

Australia will lose more coastline than any other country in the world, with around 40 per cent of our sandy beaches predicted to be eroded by more than 100 metres, new modelling shows. → Read More

Bumblebees can form pictures of objects in their tiny brains

Researchers have conducted experiments to prove that bees are capable of forming mental imagery, a skill that is considered a "building block" of consciousness. → Read More

Scientists say we're emitting more methane than we thought — but that might be a good thing

Research using Greenland ice cores has found that humans are responsible for much more methane than previously estimated, but the short lifespan of methane means swift action could yield swift results. → Read More

Think Australia's bushfires killed a lot of animals? Weak environmental laws threaten the lives of more

The ongoing degradation of ecosystems, the fragmenting of wildlife into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, the dominion of jobs and economic growth over environmental health, has made our ecosystems vulnerable to major upheavals such as bushfires. → Read More

Tropical snakes left with nothing to eat after a fungus wiped out their prey

Researchers have observed a crash in tropical snake numbers following the outbreak of a frog disease in a forest in Panama, and say it's likely that snakes suffered the same fate here during the '70s and '80s. → Read More

Normally, this animal's biggest problem is too much sex. Now it has climate change to deal with

Antechinus, the tiny Australian marsupial best known for its lethal love life, is going to face problems adapting to longer, hotter summers, new research predicts. → Read More