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Decisions we make today are the ones that will determine how the landscape will look in years to come.

Changes in climate, commodity prices, food pressures and access to water that we are experiencing now will become more intense in the future and this means that we need to plan to adapt now.

Sarah Martin from Radio Adelaide’s The Sound of Science program interviewed Professor Wayne Meyer from the University of Adelaide about the Landscape Futures Analysis tool, which helps planners and land users to look ahead to determine the right course of action.

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Professor Corey Bradshaw was recently interviewed by Wild Magazine about his thoughts on the future of South Australia’s koalas.

In his interview, Professor Bradshaw discusses the impacts of deforestation and low genetic diversity on koala populations and possible future solutions.

“Reforestation in certain areas would help immensely. But first the genetic diversity issue must be addressed and this will require introducing a number of healthy individuals from genetically distinct populations. Until that happens, the entire species is at risk of total extinction in the wild over the course of the next 50 to 100 years,” says Bradshaw.

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The work of Dr Liz Reed has been featured in the July 2015 e-Science Magazine.

In the feature, Dr Reed explores how the fossils found in Naracoorte Caves in South Australia can be used to address present and future conservation questions about species diversification, human impacts, adaption to climate change and extinction.

“Sediments, bones and other materials accumulate over time to form deep, stratified (layered) deposits. Each layer is like a chapter in a book, providing insight into the animals, plants and environment near the cave and how they have changed over thousands of years.”

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The Environment Institute congratulates 2015 Tall Poppy Award winner, Dr Martin Breed (ARC DECRA (Discovery Early Career Research Award) Fellow, School of Biological Sciences). Dr Breed is doing fantastic work developing conservation and restoration solutions from studying plant adaptation and community ecology. Each year the Tall Poppy Awards recognise individuals who combine world-class research with a […]

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The following article appeared in The Conversation on 24 July, 2015: Written by Chris Turney and Alan Cooper Imagine a world populated by woolly mammoths, giant sloths and car-sized armadillos – 50,000 years ago more than 150 types of these mysterious large-bodied mammals roamed our planet. But by 10,000 years ago, two-thirds of them had disappeared. Since […]

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Forensic DNA profiling of human hairs is critical to solving many serious crimes, however most hairs found at crime scenes contain very little DNA. This makes DNA testing of hairs a real challenge. Existing methods to obtain and interpret DNA profiles from shed human hairs is expensive and often unsuccessful. Associate Professor Jeremy Austin leads the […]

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Around 150 years ago oyster reefs lined our coastline, improving water quality, clarity and fish life. Unfortunately, due to the reefs being harvested to extinction we now have a much less healthy ecosystem. However, a collaborative venture between the University of Adelaide and SA Water is about to begin to restore the lost oyster reefs. […]

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Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing services. Researchers aim to use the latest genomics technologies […]

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The following article featuring research by Professor Corey Bradshaw and Professor Alan Cooper appeared in The Lead on 24 July, 2015: By Sarah Keenihan / 24th of July, 2015 Image by Mauricio Antón. IF YOU are going to challenge the status quo, best make sure you’ve got solid numbers to back you up. A study […]

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The Environment Institute brings together leading scientists and researchers in fields of biodiversity, conservation, marine biology, landscapes, climate, water and genetics. Take some time to view the 2014 annual report to find out more about the exciting research emerging from the Environment Institute, including: water quality and safety safeguards for our marine environment conservation drones human related […]

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