Environment Institute

It’s not every day that a film crew shows up to showcase your latest scientific discovery, but for Liz Reed, that’s exactly what happened.

A new documentary by The Discovery Channel is following research by Liz Reed, fellow at the Environment Institute. Reed, along with collaborators University of Adelaide and the University of New England, made sensational fossil discoveries at Naracoorte Caves. Following an accidental discovery by a local resident, thousands of fossil specimens of extinct megafauna were identified. The discovery made the Naracoorte Caves a world-renowed megafauna fossil site.

The documentary will be a 6-part series uncovering the unique landscapes of Australia and New Zealand. We are excited to watch Liz Reed channel her inner Attenborough and take-over the silver screen! For a glimpse of the show, read some of Reed’s behind-the-scenes tweets:

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write-593333_1280The next Ecology and Environmental Science Seminar will be presented by Dr Zoe Doubleday and Professor Sean Connell.

Title: The science-writing myth: why scientific publications stink
When: 12:10pm, Friday, March 3, 2017
Where: G04 Benham Building
Cost: Free

Good writing takes time, but in a work environment where time is a precious commodity, is it worth it? Publications are our chief communication tool, but the way that we write them obstructs their key purpose – communication. We advocate for more absorbable prose that boosts the influence of our publications.

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dronesThe next Research Tuesdays forum will be presented by Professor Lian Pin Koh from the Centre for Applied Conservation Science.

Title: Conservation Drones
When: 5:30pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre
Cost: Free, but bookings recommended

Environmental conservation can be financially and physically challenging wherever it occurs, but particularly so in remote, hard-to-access, or geographically vast areas. Research at the University of Adelaide, however, is making a difference.

A team from the University’s Centre for Applied Conservation Science has been investigating the development and use of low-cost unmanned aircraft, or ‘drones’, for conservation-related applications.

Their work—including using drones to successfully survey orangutan populations in dense Sumatran rainforests—has attracted global interest, and led to widespread adoption of this transformative technology throughout the environmental sciences.

In this informative presentation you’ll hear how the team has done it, the impact their work is having internationally, and how it’s supporting our own conservation needs here in Australia.

To get an insight of this presentation watch this video.

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Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University. The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is harboured by marsupial animals, specifically kangaroos and wallabies, […]

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Are you the next great science communicator? If so, FameLab wants you to compete in the world’s largest science communication competition. FameLab challenges budding science communicators to explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just 3 minutes. To enter the competition, contestants must submit a video entry showcasing their communication prowess. Several entrants […]

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As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the evolutionary and ecological history of a species. This information is important for how we make use of […]

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Elsevier is now offering the option to prepare and upload audio slides that will appear on the same page as your publication. AudioSlides are short, webcast-style presentations that are shown next to online articles on ScienceDirect. This format gives authors the opportunity to present their research in their own words, helping readers understand quickly what […]

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Australia’s arid zone has spread throughout history, and has had a transformative impact on many species. New research has investigated the evolutionary history of spiny trapdoor spiders, in response to changes in Australia’s arid environment. Published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, and co-authored by the Environment Institute’s Professor Andy Austin, the paper has been ranked as […]

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The future is always uncertain but it’s best to be prepared, especially when it comes to potential disasters. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) has published a report exploring the risk of future disasters within Greater Adelaide. The Futures Greater Adelaide 2050: An exploration of disaster risk and the future report is designed to help decision makers plan […]

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Reaching a maximum length of 18 metres and weighing up to 21 tons, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world’s largest fish and is found circumglobally in tropical and temperate seas. Though we know surprisingly little about the natural history and behaviour of these massive animals, they are known to gather seasonally in large […]

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