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Monthly Archives: June 2017

EI Advisory Board welcomes Sandy Pitcher CE, DEWNR as the new Chair

The Environment Institute would like to welcome Sandy Pitcher Chief Executive of the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources as the new Chair of the Advisory Board. Sandy brings close to a decade of experience at high levels of South Australian Government departments, her previous experience was at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. “The Environment Institute […]

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Globally, floods seem to be decreasing even as extreme rainfall rises. Why?

Environment Institute member Associate Professor Seth Westra and PhD candidate Hong Xuan Do have published an article in The Conversation today on his work with rainfall and flood risk estimation, hydrological modelling, water resources planning and management. His article explains the really interesting results from his recent paper that suggest major floods and the impacts from […]

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Oyster Reef Restoration in Gulf St Vincent Project receives media attention

This morning Environment Institute member Dr Dominic Mcafee and Prof Sean Connell’s article in The Conversation was published. It was consequently also sent out in the daily the Conversation email of top stories. The Conversation article covers the history of the Oyster Reefs in Australia and their benefits to the marine environment they foster and support. For example, […]

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Reminder: Goyder Institute Water Forum is this week!

Come along this week to the University of Adelaide to hear some of our Environment Institute members speak! Don’t miss the first two keynote speakers on Tuesday: Advisory Board Chair and CEO of DEWNR Sandy Pitcher will give the first keynote, followed by a keynote by new member and mammal discovery expert Professor Kris Helgen. Professor […]

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Seminar: Pollen, People and Climate

Associate Professor Patrick Moss, University of Queensland is visiting next week and give an informal seminar on: “Pollen, People and Climate in Coastal Queensland during the Late Quaternary” TOMORROW Wednesday 28th June at 4 pm in the Napier building, G25. Assoc Prof Moss is currently working on history of the Kimberley region, operationalising research collections in […]

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Guest Travel Post: Georgina Falster attends prestigious Young Scientists Meeting in Spain

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Spain to attend the Past Global Changes Young Scientists Meeting and Open Science Meeting (PAGES YSM and OSM). There were 70 people at the Young Scientists Meeting workshop, and the group consisted largely of post-doctoral researchers and some late-stage PhD students. I was delighted to find out, […]

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Guest Series: Restoring our State’s Oyster Reefs

Oysters; they’re delicious, healthy, and can get things happening in the bedroom. But there is a lot more to the humble oyster than being an enticing hor d’oeuvre. Oysters create ecosystems, clean up our pollution, protect our shorelines from storms, and can even slow the rate of climate change. Given the opportunity, oysters can provide […]

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Media Release: Australian origin likely for iconic New Zealand tree

Ancestors of the iconic New Zealand Christmas Tree, Pōhutukawa, may have originated in Australia, new fossil research from the University of Adelaide suggests.  Published in the American Journal of Botany, the research describes two new fossil species of Metrosideros, the scientific name for Pōhutukawa and related species. The fossils, found near St Helens, East Coast […]

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Media Release: New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’ process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, the research could make viable a process that has […]

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What makes “ghost mushrooms” glow in the dark?

Photographers and tourists alike have been on the search recently for Omphalotus nidiformis, a type of mushroom which produces a luminescence. The mushrooms can be found in South Australia in the wetter months of autumn and winter near Mt Gambier. Professor Philip Weinstein from the University of Adelaide and the Environment Institute, says the ghost mushrooms are […]

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