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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fighting climate change with greener cities

Dr Simon Divecha wants to reduce the impact of heat in cities by making more green urban areas. “If we shade the buildings, the walls, the roads, it stops that mass … absorbing that heat during the day and radiating that heat at night,” says Dr Divecha. Dr Divecha’s interview can be accessed at the News Limited website. […]

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SA scientists have their say

  Professor Corey Bradshaw from Adelaide University’s Environment Institute was one of four scientists interviewed for Aspire Magazine’s Feb/Mar 2015 edition. Professor Bradshaw, a conservation ecologist, is global ecology co-director, director of ecological modelling and chair of climate change at Adelaide University. Corey’s passion about the importance of scientific research into climate change, and its […]

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Media Release: Coorong fish hedge their bets for survival

Analysis of the ear bones of the River Murray estuarine fish black bream has revealed how these fish ‘hedge their bets’ for population survival. Published in the journal Biology Letters, University of Adelaide research has shown that within this single species of fish there are some individuals which migrate to different parts of the Coorong […]

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Global lake temperature collaboration article

Associate Professor Justin Brookes was one of 74 science researchers involved in recently publishing an article in Scientific Data entitled, “A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985-2009“. This article, published by Nature, summarises a new lake temperature database. These scientists are part of the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC), an […]

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Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido to present at next Sprigg Lecture Series

Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido will present a lecture entitled, “From the Cambrian of Kangaroo Island to the Ordovician of Morocco,” at the next Sprigg Lecture Series at the South Australian Museum. Abstract: The Cambrian (541–485 million years ago or ‘Ma’) and the Ordovician (485–458 Ma) periods represent a crucial phase in the history of the Earth: they bring the […]

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Lian Pin Koh judges UAE Drones for Good Award

Associate Professor, Lian Pin Koh recently had the honour of judging the inaugural Drones for Good award, organised by UAE’s Prime Minister’s office. The Wadi Drone won the national competition. This winning entry was from a group of students from NYU Abu Dhabi who created a fully automated data-transmitting drone. The team collaborated with Wadi Wurayah […]

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Tourism biosecurity risk

The amount of seized fruit, vegetables and meat at Adelaide Airport has increased in recent years, and Associate Professor in biosecurity at the University of Adelaide, Phill Cassey is concerned biosecurity breaches will have a negative effect on South Australia’s economy. “The critical point for SA is that trade and tourism is boosted by its […]

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Lian Pin Koh speaks at Clinton Global Initiative

Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh had the honour of being invited by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University 2015 in Miami, Florida last week. Along with fellow panelists and participating students, he discussed how innovative technologies, including conservation drones, can help monitor wildlife and better inform campaigns against […]

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DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species

Written by Mr Stefan Caddy-Retalic and Professor Andrew Lowe It might surprise you to learn that the idea of a “species” is one of the more ambiguous concepts in science. Originally, “species” (meaning “kind” or “sort” in Latin) was used to refer to organisms that looked different and, for more than 250 years, physical differences were used […]

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Engaging hearts and minds to reverse the biodiversity crisis

Professor Andy Lowe has written a piece for RiAus (Australia’s national science channel) on the threats and solutions to biodiversity pressures. “Lets us be in no doubt – we are in the midst of the greatest biodiversity crisis the world has ever seen.The rate of extinction today is greater than at any other time in […]

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