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Tall Poppy Awards

A big congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Dr Zoe Doubleday and Dr Laura Weyrich, who have been awarded prestigious Tall Poppy Awards.

The Tall Poppy Awards recognise world-class researchers with a passion and commitment to communicating science. The awards are presented by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

This year, 8 South Australians were honoured with a Tall Poppy Award, including two members of the Environment Institute: Dr Zoe Doubleday and Dr Laura Weyrich.

Dr Zoe Doubleday is a Research Fellow in marine ecology in the School of Biological Sciences. Recent research by Dr Doubleday made international headlines, showing that cephalopods numbers are rising in oceans, bucking the trend of many other marine species. Dr Doubleday is also actively investigating ways scientific writing can be improved to facilitate communication among scientists and to be able to transfer scientific knowledge to the outside world. She continues to engage with media and other science communication channels about the future of our oceans.

Dr Laura Weyrich is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. Dr Weyrich’s research investigates the history of the human microbiome (the healthy bacteria that live in humans) using ancient DNA. She was the first person to reassemble the microbiome of an extinct species, the Neandertals, which captured global interest. She has been leading a microbiology outreach program for school children.

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Professor Helgen is on a quest to uncover how many species of mammals there are on Earth and he’s off to a good start, having already contributed to the discovery of approximately 100 previously unknown species. Internationally renowned zoologist, Professor Kris Helgen, returned to the University of Adelaide in early 2017 after 10 years as […]

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Oyster Fisheries 1883, source: State Library of Victoria

Aboriginal communities used Australia’s oyster reefs for thousands of years before European colonisation. More than just an abundant source of highly nutritious food, oysters provided an important trading resource for coastal communities, and their shells were used to fashion fishhooks and cutting tools. Enormous shell middens containing billions of shells attest to their cultural significant, […]

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International Funding Sources Have you ever thought about seeking research funding from international schemes, but weren’t sure where to start? Come along to the next Researcher Development Series session to hear staff from Research Services and experienced researchers reflect on the opportunities and assistance that is out there.  Date: Friday 28 July 2017 Time: 12:00 […]

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Bronwyn Gilanders

Deputy Director of The Environment Institute Professor Bronwyn Gillanders has been nominated for Scientist of the Year at the South Australian Excellence Awards! Professor Gillanders researches population structure and connectivity, Cephalopod biology, ecology and fisheries, coastal carbon opportunities, ecological and environmental change and integrated marine management. The Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative is an integrated marine management […]

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ARC Future Fellow Dr Francesca McInerney has been nominated as an unsung hero as part of National Science Week. The awards are intended to recognise those whose contribution to South Australian Science and Science Communication has been significant over a long period of time but who have not yet received formal public recognition. Dr McInerney […]

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The University of Adelaide is the first university nationally to gain accreditation to train people to fly drones or remotely piloted aircraft.  The University is offering a commercial drone course leading to the award of a Remote Pilot License, certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA). Under Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the […]

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University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments. Published today in Current Biology, the researchers studied species interactions in natural marine environments at underwater volcanic vents, where concentrations of CO2 match those predicted […]

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Archaeologist and Honorary Fellow of the South Australian Museum Giles Hamm and Adnyamathanha elder Cliff Coulthard recently discovered evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for over 45,000 years! Do not miss this opportunity to see Giles and Cliff speak! Giles worked with the Adnyamathanha people in recent discovery of the Warratyi rock […]

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The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers provides up to A$10,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project. The expectation is that the research project will gather preliminary data and lead to the development of a research council funding application. The grant can be used to cover any […]

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