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Publication: Tracking changes of spiny trapdoor spiders

Australia’s arid zone has spread throughout history, and has had a transformative impact on many species. New research has investigated the evolutionary history of spiny trapdoor spiders, in response to changes in Australia’s arid environment. Published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, and co-authored by the Environment Institute’s Professor Andy Austin, the paper has been ranked as […]

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New report explores disaster risk in Greater Adelaide

The future is always uncertain but it’s best to be prepared, especially when it comes to potential disasters. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) has published a report exploring the risk of future disasters within Greater Adelaide. The Futures Greater Adelaide 2050: An exploration of disaster risk and the future report is designed to help decision makers plan […]

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Exploring Whale Shark Movements in Indonesia

Reaching a maximum length of 18 metres and weighing up to 21 tons, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world’s largest fish and is found circumglobally in tropical and temperate seas. Though we know surprisingly little about the natural history and behaviour of these massive animals, they are known to gather seasonally in large […]

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Research Tuesdays: Connected to Country

The next Research Tuesdays forum will be presented by Professor Alan Cooper, founder of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. Title: Connected to Country When: 5:30pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre Cost: Free, but bookings recommended Indigenous Australians have a remarkably deep cultural and spiritual connection to their country. Now, research at the […]

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Continental-scale research uncovers bounty of Australia rangelands

The secrets of understudied Australian rangelands, which make up 81% of the continent, have been exposed in a new publication. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) has published results of a large, continental-scale research program, detailing precise information about the vegetation and soil of Australian rangelands. Published in PLOS ONE by lead author Dr Greg […]

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4 Reasons why your PhD will benefit from OzEWEX

In December 2016, the Intelligent Water Decisions Group had three PhD students participate in the prestigious OzEWEX Summer Institute. They discovered that the Summer Institute was really beneficial. Read on to find out why.   What is the OzEWEX Summer institute? The acronym OzEWEX stands for the Australian Energy and Water Exchanges initiative. It is […]

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Research illuminates light adaptation in insects

Perception of light is one of the most important developments in animal history.  Eyes appeared relatively late on the sensory scene but had immediate impact. A new publication explores the role of light-environments in the adaptation and development of biological characteristics. Published in Austral Entomology by lead author Dr Simon Tierney, this review focuses on insects […]

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Science meets Parliament: 21-22 March 2017

Science meets Parliament sees 200 scientists and technologists gather in Canberra to meet face-to-face with MPs and Senators to share their science and develop some valuable professional skills. Networking opportunities, workshops and inspiring speakers will be spread over two full days at Old and New Parliament House. Registrations cost $1100 for general registrations, or $650 […]

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Prof Megan Lewis joins Goyder Institute Board

The Goyder Institute has just appointed the Environment Institute’s Professor Megan Lewis as their newest Board member. Prof Lewis has extensive experience in remote sensing, vegetation ecology, and environmental science and management, making her an excellent addition to the Board. The Goyder Institute Board sets the strategic vision for the Goyder Institute. Prof Lewis will be […]

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Fossils found reveal unseen ‘footprint’ maker

Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘footprints’ around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. The trilobites were a very common group of marine animals during the 300 million years of the Palaeozoic Era with hard, calcified, […]

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