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From Neandertal history to Taiwan’s pet bird market: Selected publications from the 2nd Quarter 2014

1. Neandertal roots: Cranial and chronological evidence from Sima de los Huesos. Science The Sima de los Huesos (pit of bones) is a cave in northern Spain from which 6500 human fossils from at least 28 individuals have been recovered to date. Analysis of skulls from the earliest humans with Neandertal-like features reassigned the age of the fossils […]

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High-altitude ecology | ConservationBytes.com

Corey Bradshaw has emerged from behind the Great Firewall of China after spending the past 10 days at 3500-4000 m elevation on the Tibetan Plateau. What was he doing there? Find out: High-altitude ecology | ConservationBytes.com.  

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Two Environment Institute Research Projects featured in Top 30 SA Innovations Book

“Adelaide Advancing” is a publication recently produced by Adelaide Research and Innovation. It features two of the Environment Institute’s current research projects. The first is the Spencer Gulf Ecosystem Development Initiative, headed up by Professor Bronwyn Gillanders. The second is a project led by Professor Andrew Lowe, which involves using plant DNA barcoding to track […]

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Prof Alan Cooper awarded prestigious 2014 Australian Laureate Fellowship

16 Australian Laureate Awards were announced today. The Environment Institute’s Prof Alan Cooper has been successful in his proposal of a project that will use ancient microbiomes and genomes to reconstruct human history, including indigenous Australians. Alan Cooper is the only recipient in the state to receive the prestigious award. “The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme reflects […]

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How do you get to work? Our researchers abseil.

The Environment Institute’s Prof. Alan Cooper has located to a new office  recently. His new locale is 30 metres underground, surrounded by skeletons of creatures that have fallen in to the natural sinkhole over the last 100 000 years. Rather than your average workday commute, some careful rigging and caving skills are required to abseil to the […]

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FOUR in 40: What is the outlook for SA’s water dependent ecosystems?

Four in 40 Seminar is presented by the Water Research Centre and the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources When: Tuesday 26th August, 2014, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Where: Flinders Street Baptist Church Hall 65 Flinders St. Presenters: Seth Westra, School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering University of Adelaide Projected changes to South Australian […]

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Vodcast: Historical Perspectives in Marine Ecology & Conservation – John Pandolfi

The Sprigg Geobiology Centre presented a seminar by Professor John Pandolfi, Director of the Centre for Marine Sciences, University of Queensland. Prof Pandolfi’s research uses historical events and diverse ecological data sets to tease apart anthropogenic from natural factors that have or may influence present coral reef biodiversity. Data obtained from the Quaternary fossil record […]

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Natural History of Spencer Gulf Book Launched by Minister Brock

The Natural History of the Spencer Gulf has been documented in a new book that was launched today. The book has been written by over 60 marine and social science experts. Prof Bronwyn Gillanders from the Environment Institute’s Marine Biology program and lead scientist of the Spencer Gulf Ecosystem Development Initiative is one of the […]

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Amphibian Biodiversity Halved by Logging of Several Trees

A new study published today in the journal Current Biology reports that selective logging or removal of just 6-8 trees from a 2.5 acre area halves the species of amphibians and removal of just 3-4 trees from the same area can half the species of mammals. In the published paper, Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh and Suzana Barivalova […]

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New Publication in Science journal Explains how Birds Evolved from the T-Rex

It is hard to believe that a small bird alive today could have evolved from an enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex. The story of the incredible shrinking dinosaurs has been published today in the journal Science.  In the abstract Associate Professor Mike Lee and his team assert: “recent discoveries have highlighted the dramatic evolutionary transformation of massive, ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs […]

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