The Perilous Reef, feature story // 7 June 2011

THE PERILOUS REEF Three screens are flashing images of blueness at me. Blurred smudges of azure, navy, royal and aquamarine are punctuated by snatched glimpses of fins, smatters of pink, smears of bright yellow and the white fuzz of foaming water. I’m in the BBC’s Far North Queensland editing suite near Cairns – a windowless, … Continue reading

The Underwater Project, feature story // 26 May 2011

THE SUBMERGED LENS A haze of smashed blues and whites, the bright sting of sunlight and a briny hit. The wave rolls onwards, lurching forwards with a power that seems so benign from afar. It throws itself in a powerful lunge, crashes down and topples everything in its path – but for the ocean swimmers … Continue reading

Termites and ants boost crops, Australian Geographic // 7 April 2011

ANTS AND TERMITES HAVE long had a bad rap for stealing picnic food and chomping through house frames, but it turns out that their services are invaluable to Australian farmers. New research from CSIRO and the University of Sydney has shown that, by performing an earthworm-like role in soil enrichment, the insects can boost crop … Continue reading

My latest Australian Geographic articles // 28 March 2011

The April/May issue of Australian Geographic features a couple of articles written by me (but sadly not bylined). Check out the pdfs of my pieces below to see how Queensland wildlife is coping with the floods and a ditty about the high-pressure world of rating tropical cyclones.