Environment Institute


Radio Adelaide recently interviewed Dr Anna Rigosi, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Water Research Centre at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute about her study into the impacts of climate change on algal blooms.

Dr Rigosi’s research focuses on the interaction between climate change and nutrients controlling bacterial blooms in fresh water.

She believes that it is important understand the connection between increased temperatures and cyanobacteria blooms to ensure future water supplies remain safe for human and animal consumption. The problem as well as remedies need to be understood, as it is essential to know what causes these changes and what can be done about them to keep our fresh water resources healthy.

Listen to the full interview.

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A research thesis explained in only three minutes, using only one powerpoint slide was the task set for the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner, Andrew Farrer from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences.

Andrew’s presentation, “Ancient DNA and the life on us,” was one of ten presentations judged by a panel of experts in research and communication skills.

The competition aims to help train post grad students how to effectively communicate their work to a broad audience. It also gives the public a chance to hear about the fantastic research in short, simple presentations.

Andrew will now compete in the national 3MT final in Queensland in October, 2015.

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Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken and Professor Bronwyn Gillanders from the Environment Institute represented the University of Adelaide at the latest Science in the Pub event – “Marine ecology: sea-ing the future?” held at the Avenues Tavern, Stepney.

The scientists discussed South Australia’s marine life, the future of marine ecology in South Australia and how human and marine creatures can co-exist.

The Science in the Pub events are a great way for the public to hear about topical research findings in a relaxed informal environment.

For more information about upcoming events visit Science in the Pub Adelaide.


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The Environment Institute congratulates PhD student, Tullio Rossi for receiving 3rd prize in the Inspire Australia Research Competition for his video, “Lost at sea”. Tullio is a marine biologist studying the effects of ocean acidification on fish behaviour, with particular focus on sound-driven orientation. His research for the video was conducted as part of his […]

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A recent ABC news story has reported on a project to map bee activity and gain a better understanding of the habitat and food sources needed for their continued survival.┬áThe South Australian government and the University of Adelaide have both contributed $300,000 each to the program. “We want to prevent bees dying in the future, […]

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Professor Philip Weinstein was recently interviewed by the Adelaidean about his many research achievements and what it means to him to be leading the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences. Did you know that Professor Weinstein has a cockroach named after him? Or that he has written over 100 papers on water-borne and mosquito […]

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The Environment Institute congratulates Professor Philip Weinstein from the University of Adelaide on receiving the Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award. The Public Health association has named the award after Professor Tony McMichael, who was a world leader in research and advocacy for incorporating ecological and environmental factors into the field of public […]

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Professor Sean Connell and PhD student Giulia Ghedini from the University of Adelaide recently had a paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, entitled “Resisting regime-shifts: the stabilising effect of compensatory processes“.┬áThis new paper develops a new theory on ecosystem stability. Most researchers study that ecosystems focus on change and the drivers of that […]

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Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken, a marine ecologist from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was recently interviewed by WIRED about his research into ocean acidification. Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is being absorbed by the sea, making the oceans increasingly more acidic. Associate Professor Nagelkerken’s research involved studying underwater vents where carbon dioxide is […]

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Professor Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was one of six researchers involved in a new article published in Marine & Freshwater Research. The paper entitled, “The Great Southern Reef: social, ecological and economic value of Australia’s neglected kelp forests,” highlights the need for Australians to increase their awareness of the scale […]

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