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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Lecturer of the Year Award

The Environment Institute would like to congratulate Dr John Conran on receiving the award for 2015 Lecturer of the Year by the Adelaide University Science Association. Dr Conran is Deputy Head of the Department of Genetics and Evolution and a Senior Lecturer within the area of Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Adelaide.

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New research shows climate change is warming the world’s lakes

Lakes around the world are warming due to climate change. This increase in lake temperatures is threatening ecosystems and fresh water resources across the globe. Associate Professor Justin Brookes from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was one of 64 scientists around the world who took part in research published in the journal Geographical Research […]

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Future Fellowship Award

The Environment Institute congratulates Dr Frank Reith on being awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council. Dr Reith intends to use the fellowship to research new tools for gold exploration and processing.

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Podcast: Ocean acidification could cause fish to be lost at sea

New research shows that increased CO2 levels interfere with the ability of baby fish to find a home. Sarah Martin from Radio Adelaide spoke with University of Adelaide marine biology PhD student Tullio Rossi about his research into the effects of ocean acidification on fish behaviour. Listen to the full interview.

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Is nuclear power the climate change solution?

Climate scientist Professor Tom Wigley from the University of Adelaide, and three other leading climatologists, James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel and Ken Caldeira, recently wrote a piece for The Guardian. The article entitled, “Nuclear power paves the only viable path forward on climate change,” discusses the role of nuclear energy as part of the solution to […]

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Media release: Baby fish will be lost at sea in acidified oceans

The ability of baby fish to find a home, or other safe haven, to grow into adulthood will be severely impacted under predicted ocean acidification, University of Adelaide research has found. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers report the interpretation of normal ocean sound cues which help baby […]

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Media release: Headbanging Aussie bee takes a heavy metal approach to pollination

Research has for the first time revealed the heavy metal secret behind an Australian bee’s unique approach to pollination: high-speed headbanging. In an effort that would put metal fans to shame, the native blue-banded bee has been filmed head banging flowers up to 350 times a second. (See the slow motion video) The technique causes […]

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Media release: Fossils reveal ancient shrublands in fiery landscape

New fossil evidence shows that Australia’s fire-prone shrubland open vegetation originated at least 70 million years ago – 40-50 million years earlier than previously thought. The findings, published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Botany, reject prevailing wisdom that Australia was covered with rainforest until 40 million years ago, and that currently […]

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Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation

The Environment Institute congratulates Associate Professor Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) on receiving a Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation from the Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart. Associate Professor Austin provided DNA testing to confirm the identity of Daniel Morcombe’s skeletal remains. This critical piece of evidence helped return […]

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Podcast: Jumping the shark

Global warming of our oceans is having an impact across the marine environment. Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute was interviewed recently by Ewart Shaw on Radio Adelaide about his research into the challenges faced by sharks due to increasing ocean temperatures. Listen to the full interview. (Image source: divernet.com)

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