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University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.

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The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their use is growing in popularity.

But, they warn in a report published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, this new technology could also have undesirable and unforeseen impacts on wildlife and there is currently little understanding of the risks.

The report authors are Jarrod Hodgson, researcher and PhD candidate in the URAF, and Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh, Director of URAF and a global pioneer in the use of drones for conservation as founding director of the not-for-profit organisation Conservation Drones.org.

Read the full media release and The Conversation article.

This research was covered by:

The Advertiser
ABC News
9News
Mashable

 

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A parasitoid wasp procreates by laying it’s eggs inside a caterpillar. The larvae then eat the caterpillar from the inside out, taking care not to eat the caterpillars vital body parts too soon.

Erin Fagan-Jeffries, a PhD student who recently won the FameLab competition for her presentation about her research, gives us all the gory details of this fascinating lifecycle in the latest eScience mag.

Find out how you can get involved with Erinn’s citizen project, The Caterpillar Conundrum.

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Marine biology research published in the journal Current Biology has made a splash worldwide today, getting coverage in Science Mag, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many more including an in-depth piece in The Atlantic by Ed Yong, and a live cross with ABC News 24:

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We caught up with lead author Zoe Doubleday to talk about how the data was pulled together for the study, and why cephalopod populations might be on the increase.

Read the media release.

Also covered by:

New Scientist
Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
Discovery News
The Atlantic
News.com.au
ABC Science
SBS World News

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University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research. The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their […]

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Unlike the declining populations of many fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world’s oceans over the past 60 years, a University of Adelaide study has found. The international team, led by researchers from the University’s Environment Institute, compiled a global database of cephalopod catch rates to investigate long-term trends […]

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The Faculty of Sciences invites you to attend a seminar on 1 June as part of the program of events to mark Reconciliation Week 2016 (27 May to 3 June). Speakers: Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Raymond Tobler Date: 1 June 2016 Time: 5:30pm Location: The Braggs lecture theatre, North Terrace campus Registration: No registration […]

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The AMSI Winter School 2016 on Biological and Environmental Modelling is run in collaboration with The University of Queensland, and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines. FEATURED SPEAKER: PROFESSOR HUGH POSSINGHAM Earlier this month, Professor Possingham was appointed chief scientist with The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest […]

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As part of the Ecology & Environmental Science seminar series, Dr Dugald McGlashan of INLEXIO will be presenting a seminar entitled “Navigating scholarly publishing in a sea of change” Biography Dugald McGlashan co-founded the editing and publishing consultancy INLEXIO in 2015 after a 20+ year career in science and publishing. After dipping his toes in fisheries […]

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A reminder for those interested to register in the Highland Statistics Course. The course is on Introduction to Linear mixed effects models, GLMM & MCMC with R, and will take place the week of 20 June, 2016. For course details please see the Highland Statistics website.

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The Environment Institute would like to congratulate University of Adelaide student, Jasmin Martino for winning the 2016 SARDI Science Bursary for Women. Jasmin is currently undertaking a PhD in Marine Biology, supervised by Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, Dr Zoe Doubleday and Dr Tony Fowler (SARDI). Ms Martino will use the $1500 bursary to help support research […]

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