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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sydney storm: are extreme rains and flash floods increasing

Written by Michael Leonard; Feifei Zheng, and Seth Westra – Published in The Conversation The extreme rainfall that hit New South Wales over the past week caused flash-flooding and resulted in deaths and homes destroyed. While analysis shows that these events are not unprecedented, are they becoming more common? In research published recently in Nature Climate Change, […]

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Podcast: Health and the human microbiome

Dr Laura Weyrich, DECRA Research Fellow from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide was interviewed by Sarah Martin on Radio Adelaide’s The Sound of Science Program. In Laura’s interview she expands upon what can be learnt from the evolution of the human microbiome and how it can inform approaches to current […]

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New Conservation Science and Technology website

Take some time to view the amazing research highlighted in the new Conservation Science and Technology (CST) website. The Conservation Science and Technology Program is directed by a team of experienced researchers from the Environment Institute and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Professor Andy Lowe, Associate Professor Phill Cassey and Associate […]

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Podcast: Conservation Drones: The new eco-warriors

  Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh was recently interviewed by Sarah Martin on Radio Adelaide’s The Sound of Science program about the types and uses of unmanned research aircrafts, known as drones. Associate Professor Koh is Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation, Deputy Director of the Conservation Science and Technology Program and Director of the Unmanned […]

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Global challenge to ensure access to clean and safe water

A report of the Open Working Group of the United Nations General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals was submitted to the Assembly in August 2014, and contained 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues. The UN Chronicle commissioned papers to take a closer look at those proposed sustainable development […]

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From the Cambrian of Kangaroo Island to the Ordovician of Morocco

Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido recently presented at the April 2015 Sprigg Lecture Series, held at the South Australian Museum. In his lecture entitled ‘From the Cambrian of Kangaroo Island to the Ordovician of Morocco,’ Dr Garcia-Bellido explored the Cambrian (541–485 million years ago or ‘Ma’) and the Ordovician (485–458 Ma) periods, which saw the sudden appearance […]

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Media Release: Volunteer ‘duck watchers’ needed for bird flu research

Ducks and other waterbirds on the River Torrens will be under close scrutiny for the next 18 months as University of Adelaide researchers investigate what ‘bird flu’ or avian influenza viruses they may be carrying. ‘Duckwatch’ starts along the River Torrens this month. The researchers will be monitoring and banding ducks and other waterbirds fortnightly […]

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European wasp numbers on the rise in Adelaide Hills

European wasp numbers are rising in the Adelaide Hills due to South Australia’s warm weather and a good available food source, says Professor Andy Austin from the Environment Institute’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity. “We didn’t have a really cold winter last year, which is when the hibernating wasp queens tend to die off. […]

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Goyder Institute Water Research Conference 2015

The Goyder Institute’s Water Research Conference was held at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 February 2015. This event showcased South Australia’s water expertise across a range of disciplines and sectors. Four key research themes included: water for industry, water for the environment, climate change and urban water. Listen to Dr […]

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