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How climate change may degrade marine ecosystems

With research into the effects of climate change rapidly advancing it is appropriate to reflect on both the achievements and future directions of this research. An international team of researchers, lead by the Environment Institute’s Bayden Russell and Sean Connell, has done just that. Their findings, published this month, outline the necessary steps to improve […]

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Exploration of a unique subterranean Australian fauna

Resolving the systematics of subterranean amphipod crustaceans using morphology and genetic analyses Dr Rachael King. Biodiversity Month Guest Blogger Rachael King is a Researcher (Aquatic Invertebrates) at the South Australian Museum and an Affiliate Research Fellow of the University of Adelaide’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on aquatic invertebrate biodiversity studies, […]

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Bringing back warru

The warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race), is now one of the South Australia’s most endangered species, continuing to decline dramatically over the last 80 years. The decline, considered to be a sign of ecosystem dysfunction in the central Australian ranges, is documented by researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of […]

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The Big Challenges for Economics

In an era of economic challenges, a forum providing an opportunity for analysis of the state of the economy, and highlighting the key economic challenges facing Australia over the forthcoming one to two years and into the medium term, is a much anticipated event. The Australian Economic Forum, an initiative of the Economics Society of […]

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No substitute for untouched tropical forests

Over the past 50 years, South-East Asia has suffered the greatest losses of biodiversity of any tropical region in the world. A study, published today in the journal ‘Nature‘, involves research from the Environment Institute’s Professor Corey Bradshaw and Professor Barry Brook, University of Adelaide. The study highlights the importance of natural forests undisturbed by […]

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Testing extinction hypotheses for the Tasmanian Tiger using multi-species ‘metamodels’

Biodiversity Month Guest Post by Thomas Prowse. Thomas is a post-doctoral fellow in the Global Ecology Laboratory of the Environment Institute. His research focuses on extending individual-based models to reflect complex biological systems, by integrating information from disparate fields such as population biology, climatology, epidemiology and predator-prey theory. At a time of accelerated species loss, […]

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Understanding population dynamics, management and conservation of Australian Cuttlefish

Despite the ecological and growing commercial significance of cuttlefish, the successful management of these fisheries is hindered by the inability to assess population structure and connectivity. How many animals live in what places and how and when do they move between locations? While significant progress in recent years has improved our understanding of migration patterns […]

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Professor Mike Young’s Presentation at World Water Week

Professor Mike Young, Executive Director of the Environment Institute, recently spoke at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm. A green economy is essentially an economy that really invests in looking after the environment by putting money into the environment. The work is revealing. In fact, you can have faster economic growth and development. To […]

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WOMAD Earth Station – New Acts Announced

WOMAD’s new festival – Earth Station – has announced further acts. An opportunity to receive and transmit ideas, issues and solutions towards a more sustainable planet, this innovative event melds the intellectual and cultural energies of leading scientific minds with a performance program featuring some of the world’s most accomplished and diverse musicians. The festival […]

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