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Farewell from Mike Young

Three years I took on the challenge of setting up the Environment Institute. Over the years that I have been doing this, I have missed the opportunity to do the policy research that I love. A new opportunity to pursue this research agenda has emerged and I have decided to seize it. Early in the […]

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International Recognition for Professor Barry Brook

The Environment Institute would like to congratulate Professor Barry Brook, Director of Climate Science, who has received recognition from two prominent international bodies. Barry has become the first Australian appointed to the international selection committee of the $1.2 million Global Energy Prize. The prize is known as the “Nobel Prize of Energy” and is the […]

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New Paper: Amphibian and butterfly diversity across a tropical land-use gradient in Sri Lanka; implications for conservation decision making

A new paper written by Environment Institute member Thomas Wanger, as well as E.P Kudavidanage, from the National University of Singapore and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, C. de Alwis and S. Sanjeewa from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and S.W Kotagama from the University of Colombo, has recently been published in the Journal […]

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Post-Conference materials now available – Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference

The Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference, hosted by the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity in partnership with the Consortium of the Barcode of Life, was held at The University of Adelaide between 28 November – 3 December. The University was host to 450 delegates from 60 different countries. Here at the Environment […]

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Hundreds of threatened species not on official US list

New research from the University of Adelaide has shown that many of the animal species at risk of extinction in the United States have not made it onto the ­­country’s official Endangered Species Act (ESA) list. The ESA is one of the best known national lists and arguably the world’s most effective biodiversity protection law. […]

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Strengthening Basin Communities (SBC) project

Eleven South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (SA MDB) Councils have partnered with the SA MDB Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board to deliver a number of projects under the Strengthening Basin Communities Planning Component in SA Program to plan for an uncertain climate future, with a particular focus on water availability. This project was gathered together under […]

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World’s First Super Predator Had Remarkable Vision

Palaeontologists have discovered exceptionally preserved fossil eyes of the top predator in the Cambrian ocean over 500 million years ago – the fearsome metre-long Anomalocaris. The international team behind this discovery includes ACEBB researcher, Dr. Michael Lee (SA Museum and University of Adelaide) as well as Adelaide researcher Dr. Jim Jago (SA Museum and UniSA), […]

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New Paper: Trophic ecology of reef sharks determined using stable isotopes and telemetry

A new paper written by Environment Institute member Corey Bradshaw, as well as C. W. Speed, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science/ Research Institute for the Environment & Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University; M. G. Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science; I. C. Field from the Australian Institute of Marine Science/ Marine Mammal […]

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Archaeopteryx – shaken but not stirred

For over 150 years, Archaeopteryx has been almost universally assumed to be a primitive bird. However, earlier this year, an intriguing dinosaur fossil from China challenged this entrenched view: Xiatongia, a Velociraptor-like dinosaur, showed many similarities to Archaeopteryx. Archaeopteryx thus appeared to be most closely related to certain dinosaurs, not to birds. Now, sophisticated methods […]

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