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pechakuchaA PechaKucha Night of Science is coming to the South Australian Museum!

For the uninitiated, PechaKucha is a presentation style in which presenters showcase their ideas through 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. Its a fun and fast-paced approach to presentations.

The PechaKucha Night of Science is in celebration of National Biodiversity Month and will feature some of South Australia’s top scientists, including our very own Professor Andy Lowe, Dr Kate Sanders and Dr Katja Hogendoorn.

Each presenter will share their research and ideas, giving us a fascinating look at life on Earth. Don’t miss out!

When: Thursday 22 September, 6-8 pm
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: $10. Click here to book.






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3MTThe faculty heats for the 3 Minute Thesis were held last night and two of the Environment Institute’s students placed in the top 3. Amy Ianella and Tanya Jayne, both from the School of Biological Sciences, came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Amy, along with the night’s overall winner Daniel Murnane from the School of Physical Sciences, will attend the University Final. Tanya will further compete in a “wildcard” round, where one competitor will be selected to proceed to the finals.

We wish both Amy and Tanya good luck! You can show your support by attending the University Final on the 13th of September. For full details and bookings, head to the event page.




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Our researchers and affiliates are all over social media- especially Twitter! Find out all the latest from the Environment Institute, straight from the horse’s mouth. Read their tweets, give them a follow and engage with this fantastic group of researchers!


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A group of scientists and industry leaders have called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action on climate change. In an open letter entitled There Is No Planet B, 154 Australian scientists urged the Government to address the root causes of climate change. “We are as humans conducting a massive science experiment with this […]

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This is a guest post by Matthew Christmas. Matthew is a PhD researcher under the supervision of Professor Andy Lowe. Hopbush- the Aussie battler Widely distributed plants, such as the Australian native ‘hopbush’ (Dodonaea viscosa, right), have to face a spectrum of environmental conditions across their range. In the short term they can deal with environmental […]

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Radio Adelaide chats to PhD student Jack Tatler, although “dingo whisperer” would also be an apt title. Tatler is studying the role of dingos in the ecosystem. He studies both wild and captive dingos, equipping them with specialised GPS collars to track their every movement. Listen to the podcast to learn more about his research or read […]

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A 400 hectare piece of land in South Australia’s outback, 400 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, is providing important data to help researchers and land and environmental managers understand arid zone ecology and the impacts of grazing by sheep and pests. The Koonamore Vegetation Reserve, located in the centre of Koonamore Station, is one of the world’s oldest […]

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As part of the Department of Ecology & Environmental Science Seminar Series Professor Bob Hill Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences University of Adelaide, and Director, Environment Institute will present a seminar entitled: Fire, Air, Earth, Water – the elemental drivers of the Australian vegetation Abstract The living Australian vegetation is the end result of hundreds of millions of years of evolution, […]

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European carp have been a scourge on the River Murray. The destructive feeding habits of the carp have decimated the ecosystem, displaying aquatic plants and animals. In May 2016, it was announced that the Federal Government would spend $15million to eradicate carp, through the introduction of the herpes virus. The virulent herpes strain to be introduced […]

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If you’re thinking of doing a Masters or PhD in conservation, this scholarship is for you. The Nature Foundation SA is offering the Roy & Marjory Edwards Scholarship to support a postgraduate student (Masters or PhD) at a South Australian University. The scholarship will provide $12,000 per annum for up to three years. The proposed research project […]

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