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14 million years of history in 25 minutes

After the recent interesting findings from a fossil site on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido was invited to have a chat with Ian Henschke on the 891 ABC Radio Adelaide mornings program. In this podcast, Diego discusses the secrets of the universe and the secrets of life through a summary of the last 14 […]

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Seminar: Interactions between climate change and biological invasions – Franck Courchamp

The Environment Institute is excited to host Franck Courchamp, who will be visiting Adelaide from Paris to present a seminar entitled: “Interactions between climate change and biological invasions”. About Franck: I did my PhD thesis in Lyons, France, on the epidemiology of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus as a marker of population structure of feral cats. I then did […]

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“Elephant in the room” no more, models show even one-child policy is no quick fix

Professors Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook have examined various scenarios for global human population change to the year 2100 and in doing so address the so called “elephant in the room” for immediate environmental sustainability and climate policy. Their research was published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) and […]

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Life story of the nautilus, ancient teeth, local climate change solutions. The Environment Institute Annual Report 2013.

It’s not your average annual report, and that’s because the research we do here is anything but average and definitely not boring! Read our annual report to find out more about the research to emerge from the institute in 2013, including: Natural resource management planning taking into account six new “emerging economies” Environment Institute leaders […]

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Luminescence dating allows more accurate age assignment of Sierra de Atapuerca samples.

Dr Lee Arnold and Dr Martina Demuro have published a study of the Atapuerca palaeoanthropological sites which builds on the recent Science paper from Sima de los Huesos (Arsuaga et al., 2014) and focuses on resolving the age of the iconic Acheulian lithic industry at the neighbouring site of Galería Complex. A series of novel ‘extended-range’ […]

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10 exciting new PhD projects in environmental sciences

There are a number of exciting PhD opportunities related to palaeoclimatology, geochemistry and Quaternary science are on offer at the University of Adelaide. Applicants will be required to successfully apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), for which the deadline is October 31st, 2014. Depending on the project, postgraduates will be enrolled either in the […]

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Hot tip: how to give the land a break after a fire

Professor Andy Lowe was interviewed by Simon Royal for 7:30 SA about how removing sheep from the land for a period time could provide just the helping hand the land needs to fully recover after a fire. Nine months after the devastating Eden Valley fire, Andy Lowe visits farmer Brenton Newman at Sanderston, 80km east […]

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eScience. Nautilus: The Australian living fossil under threat

The work of Professor Peter Ward has been featured in the October 2014 eScience magazine. In the feature, Peter, a fantastic storyteller, frames a life’s work as a scientist and nature explorer: “Irony is rare in science, and unknown in nature; it is a purely human concept. Yet there is a sad ironic twist to […]

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“Alien” fossils found on Kangaroo Island have been identified as human relatives

More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world’s most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide researchers. The fossils belong to 500-million-year-old blind water creatures, known to scientists as “vetulicolians” (pronounced: ve-TOO-lee-coal-ee-ans). Alien-like in appearance, these marine creatures were “filter-feeders” […]

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A Hypothetical Forum: Fast Forward to 2050 – Water Scenarios for South Australia’s future

Have we done enough to secure our future water needs? As part of National Water Week, the Goyder Institute of Water Research, in conjunction with the Adelaide Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Australian Water Association, DEWNR, University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia, invite you to participate in an exciting and interactive […]

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