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DNA evidence proves climate change killed off prehistoric megafauna

The following article appeared in The Conversation on 24 July, 2015: Written by Chris Turney and Alan Cooper Imagine a world populated by woolly mammoths, giant sloths and car-sized armadillos – 50,000 years ago more than 150 types of these mysterious large-bodied mammals roamed our planet. But by 10,000 years ago, two-thirds of them had disappeared. Since […]

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New DNA hair analysis makes catching criminals faster and cheaper

Forensic DNA profiling of human hairs is critical to solving many serious crimes, however most hairs found at crime scenes contain very little DNA. This makes DNA testing of hairs a real challenge. Existing methods to obtain and interpret DNA profiles from shed human hairs is expensive and often unsuccessful. Associate Professor Jeremy Austin leads the […]

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Podcast: Recovering historic oyster reefs

Around 150 years ago oyster reefs lined our coastline, improving water quality, clarity and fish life. Unfortunately, due to the reefs being harvested to extinction we now have a much less healthy ecosystem. However, a collaborative venture between the University of Adelaide and SA Water is about to begin to restore the lost oyster reefs. […]

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Media release: Genomics research to benefit wine and biodiversity

Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing services. Researchers aim to use the latest genomics technologies […]

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Why the big animals died: new study shakes up extinction science

The following article featuring research by Professor Corey Bradshaw and Professor Alan Cooper appeared in The Lead on 24 July, 2015: By Sarah Keenihan / 24th of July, 2015 Image by Mauricio Antón. IF YOU are going to challenge the status quo, best make sure you’ve got solid numbers to back you up. A study […]

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Research across environmental sciences combine in the 2014 Environment Institute Annual Report

The Environment Institute brings together leading scientists and researchers in fields of biodiversity, conservation, marine biology, landscapes, climate, water and genetics. Take some time to view the 2014 annual report to find out more about the exciting research emerging from the Environment Institute, including: water quality and safety safeguards for our marine environment conservation drones human related […]

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Media release: Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth’s past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of […]

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Podcast: Unmanned emergency drones

Dr Ken Clarke from the University of Adelaide’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) discussed opportunities and limitations of unmanned emergency drones with Angus Randall on Radio Adelaide. Alongside Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh, who serves as Director of the URAF and founder of ConservationDrones.org, the team are looking at a range of agricultural, conservation and […]

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Media release: Forensic science and legal teams join forces on evidence

The need for greater collaboration and understanding between the judiciary, lawyers and forensic scientists will be highlighted at an international conference being held at the University of Adelaide next week. 300 delegates – including Chief Justices from Australia and other Commonwealth countries, and Professors of evidence law and forensic science from every continent – will […]

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Workshop: Impacts of prescribed burning on orchids and their pollinators

A workshop for researchers, conservation managers and community groups interested in the impacts of prescribed burning on orchids and their pollinators is to be held at the University of Adelaide. Dr Renate Faast and Anita Marquart will be presenting their research into the response of orchids and their pollinators to prescribed burns in the Mount […]

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