Our next gen “Attenborough” filming new doco

It’s not every day that a film crew shows up to showcase your latest scientific discovery, but for Liz Reed, that’s exactly what happened. A new documentary by The Discovery Channel is following research by Liz Reed, fellow at the Environment Institute. Reed, along with collaborators University of Adelaide and the University of New England, made sensational fossil […]

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Seminar: The science-writing myth- why scientific publications stink

The next Ecology and Environmental Science Seminar will be presented by Dr Zoe Doubleday and Professor Sean Connell. Title: The science-writing myth: why scientific publications stink When: 12:10pm, Friday, March 3, 2017 Where: G04 Benham Building Cost: Free Good writing takes time, but in a work environment where time is a precious commodity, is it worth it? […]

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Research Tuesdays: Conservation Drones

The next Research Tuesdays forum will be presented by Professor Lian Pin Koh from the Centre for Applied Conservation Science. Title: Conservation Drones When: 5:30pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre Cost: Free, but bookings recommended Environmental conservation can be financially and physically challenging wherever it occurs, but particularly so in remote, hard-to-access, or […]

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Media Release: Warning! Ross River Virus could be next global epidemic

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University. The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is harboured by marsupial animals, specifically kangaroos and wallabies, […]

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FameLab seeks next great science communicator

Are you the next great science communicator? If so, FameLab wants you to compete in the world’s largest science communication competition. FameLab challenges budding science communicators to explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just 3 minutes. To enter the competition, contestants must submit a video entry showcasing their communication prowess. Several entrants […]

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Cryptic but important genetic differences within species

As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the evolutionary and ecological history of a species. This information is important for how we make use of […]

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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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