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Media Release: When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

A tiny marine crustacean with a great big claw has shown that not only does size matter, but left or right-handedness (or in this case, left or right-clawedness) is important too. The 5-6mm marine amphipod Dulichiella appendiculata, related to the land-based beach-hopper or sand flea we see hopping around on beaches, has one large claw […]

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Podcast: Squid Inc.

Join Ewart Shaw from Radio Adelaide on his show Orbit, as he talks with the Environment Institute’s Dr Zoe Doubleday. Dr Zoe Doubleday explores the underwater world of the octopus and squid. With climate change transforming marine environments, how have these creatures fared? It turns out,they’re doing pretty well! Listen to the podcast to find out […]

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New President of World Council Fisheries Societies elected

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders (Environment Institute, School of Biological Sciences) has been elected President of the World Council of Fisheries Societies. The Council is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation for scientific or professional fisheries societies. Professor Gillanders was elected the new president at the 7th World Fisheries Congress held last week in South Korea. Adelaide, South Australia […]

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eScience. Going with the genetic flow

The sustainable harvest of sharks requires and understanding of population structure and connectivity in order to define fisheries stocks. Learn about how collaborative research by Claudia Junge, Bronwyn Gillanders and Corey Bradshaw are using DNA sequencing to provide fisheries advice, to ensure the nation’s shark populations are managed sustainably in the future. Read more in […]

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Sprigg Symposium: Earth’s Evolving Climate

The Australian Earth Sciences Convention takes place on 26 – 30 June 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. As part of the convention, Environment Institute researchers are leading the Sprigg symposium. Find out more about the conference and the Sprigg symposium below. Sprigg Symposium: Earth’s Evolving Climate Draft program Cesca McInerny, Jon Tyler, Juraj Farkas, […]

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Snorkel with Giant Cuttlefish. Stony Point (near Whyalla)

Snorkel with Giant Cuttlefish within the Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Zone. Guided Snorkel Days – 30th June – 1, 2 & 3rd July 2016 Join in the fun of this family event and swim with the techni-coloured carpet of Giant Australian Cuttlefish at Stony Point within Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Zone near Whyalla! A safe and supervised […]

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The Science Nation Great Debate 2016: Unsung Heroes

You don’t have to be Einstein to know that some scientists are more famous than others. The Science Nation Great Debate 2016 will shine the spotlight on the forgotten scientists of the past with a debate tournament to see who is the greatest unsung hero of all. With additional rounds of improvised, audience-inspired, topics this Great Debate is 90 minutes […]

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We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems

Researchers advise against trying to reach a “Garden of Eden” when it comes to restoration efforts. Dr Martin Breed and Professor Andy Lowe have published a response to recent research in Nature. They have also written a summary of their stance at The Conversation.

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eScience. Bite force

New research by Marc Jones is looking at new ways to measure the bit force of lizards. Bite force performance in animals is important, because it can allow or limit dietary options. Read more in the latest issue of eScience mag.

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eScience. The Life On Us

  New DNA sequencing technologies have allowed researchers to identify the thousands of bacteria making up the microbiota. This information is crucial to identifying how we can manipulate our microbiota towards a healthy state. Andrew Farrer, who recently won the national 3MT (Three minute thesis) competition, gives us the lowdown on how our microbiota might […]

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