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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Optimising water resource systems for a changing climate

Water is one of the most precious resources and water resource systems are in need of informed management. However, many water resource systems today rely on historical assumptions about inflows, assumptions that are flawed due to our changing climate. Therefore, new approaches to optimising policies for water systems are needed. The challenge of optimising our water systems has been […]

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New artificial reef to be built to support local marine habitats

A new $600,000 artificial reef system is to be built south of Ardrossan, informed by research by the Environment Institute’s Professor Sean Connell and PIRSA’s Dr Heidi Alleway. The artificial reef, which is to be constructed from limestone, oyster shells and live native oysters, is part of a $3.52m State Government initiative to enhance the experience […]

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Media Release: Baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified oceans

A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers say that modification of this baby fish-jellyfish symbiotic relationship is likely […]

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Podcast- Genetic Data Reinforcing Aboriginal Connection to Country

Radio Adelaide’s Sound of Science program chats to Dr Ray Tobler, geneticist from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). Dr Tobler is part of a team of researchers working on the Aboriginal Heritage Project which aims to reconstruct the genetic history of Aboriginal communities using ground-breaking techniques. The project uses specimens and records collected through anthropological studies […]

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Vodcast: Unreconciled: Museums, Galleries and Aboriginal Art History

The South Australian Museum holds among the most extensive and important collections of Aboriginal creativity and material culture in the world. But what values, and whose values, does a museum promote in the way it cares for and displays art and material culture? How does the role of a museum differ from that of an […]

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Best practices for conceptual modelling

Conceptual modelling is a technique used to represent a system to inform people of a particular scenario. It’s widely used in environmental management and planning to inform decision makers. However, the use of conceptual modelling comes undone when applied inappropriately. In response to the inappropriate use of conceptual modelling, research by the Environment Institute’s Professor Holger […]

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“Squidlings” take out the Peer Prize for Women!

Research on the worldwide rise of cephalopod populations has taken the world by storm recently, and now the “Squidlings” research team, led by Dr Zoe Doubleday and Professor Bronwyn Gillanders has taken out the inaugural “Peer Prize for Women“! The competition called for votes from the researchers’ “peers”. Only verified researchers were able to cast […]

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The role of phytoplankton as pre-cursors for disinfection by-product formation

Water quality remains one of the greatest concerns with regards to human health. Treating water with disinfectants is critical to eliminate pathogenic micro-organisms. However, disinfecting water sources leads to disinfection by-products, which have been related to birth-defects and cancers. New research by the Environment Institute’s Professor Justin Brookes has identified the role of phytopkankton in the build-up […]

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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA amongst the Top 10 labs worldwide

We are in the golden age of research into ancient DNA, and the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is a world leader, proclaims a new article. A new article published in the prestigious Science journal has named ACAD among the top 10 labs in the world that specialise in ancient DNA research. Congratulations to […]

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Podcast- To Patagonia We Go

Join Ewart Shaw from Radio Adelaide on his show Orbit, as he talks with the Environment Institute’s Professor Alan Cooper. Professor Cooper takes us on a journey through Patagonia. What will we encounter? There are llamas, guanacos and vicuna, but what other magical beasts will they find? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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