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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

A research thesis explained in only three minutes, using only one powerpoint slide was the task set for the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner, Andrew Farrer from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences. Andrew’s presentation, “Ancient DNA and the life on us,” was one of ten presentations judged by a panel of […]

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Science in the pub

Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken and Professor Bronwyn Gillanders from the Environment Institute represented the University of Adelaide at the latest Science in the Pub event – “Marine ecology: sea-ing the future?” held at the Avenues Tavern, Stepney. The scientists discussed South Australia’s marine life, the future of marine ecology in South Australia and how human […]

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Inspire Australia Research Competition

The Environment Institute congratulates PhD student, Tullio Rossi for receiving 3rd prize in the Inspire Australia Research Competition for his video, “Lost at sea”. Tullio is a marine biologist studying the effects of ocean acidification on fish behaviour, with particular focus on sound-driven orientation. His research for the video was conducted as part of his […]

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Protecting bees from climate change and varroa mites

A recent ABC news story has reported on a project to map bee activity and gain a better understanding of the habitat and food sources needed for their continued survival.┬áThe South Australian government and the University of Adelaide have both contributed $300,000 each to the program. “We want to prevent bees dying in the future, […]

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Professor Weinstein features in the Adelaidean: Beating the bad Aussie mozzie

Professor Philip Weinstein was recently interviewed by the Adelaidean about his many research achievements and what it means to him to be leading the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences. Did you know that Professor Weinstein has a cockroach named after him? Or that he has written over 100 papers on water-borne and mosquito […]

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Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award

The Environment Institute congratulates Professor Philip Weinstein from the University of Adelaide on receiving the Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award. The Public Health association has named the award after Professor Tony McMichael, who was a world leader in research and advocacy for incorporating ecological and environmental factors into the field of public […]

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New theory on ecosystem stability

Professor Sean Connell and PhD student Giulia Ghedini from the University of Adelaide recently had a paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, entitled “Resisting regime-shifts: the stabilising effect of compensatory processes“.┬áThis new paper develops a new theory on ecosystem stability. Most researchers study that ecosystems focus on change and the drivers of that […]

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Underwater vents allow peek into the future

Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken, a marine ecologist from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was recently interviewed by WIRED about his research into ocean acidification. Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is being absorbed by the sea, making the oceans increasingly more acidic. Associate Professor Nagelkerken’s research involved studying underwater vents where carbon dioxide is […]

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The Great Southern Reef: Australia’s neglected kelp forests

Professor Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was one of six researchers involved in a new article published in Marine & Freshwater Research. The paper entitled, “The Great Southern Reef: social, ecological and economic value of Australia’s neglected kelp forests,” highlights the need for Australians to increase their awareness of the scale […]

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New paper: Population structure in a teleost reflects marine biogeography across southern Australia

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was one of eight researchers involved in an article published in Marine & Freshwater Research, entitled, “Population structure in a wide-ranging coastal teleost (Argyrosomus japonicus, Sciaenidae) reflects marine biogeography across southern Australia“. In an effort to aid conservation, fisheries management and restocking programs, the researchers […]

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