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Media Release: Mapping the thylacine’s mysterious loss from mainland

Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia’s mainland.   The University of Adelaide study, published in the Journal of Biogeography, traces the history of thylacine populations over the last 30,000 years.   The researchers from the University’s Australian […]

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ACAD wins Eureka Prizes for Aboriginal Heritage Project!

We would like to congratulate the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA and the South Australian Museum for their Aboriginal Hair Project, which won a Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research last night. The black tie award ceremony awarded 17 awards for the best scientific research, citizen science and research in the last year within […]

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Media Release: Eureka Prize win for Aboriginal Heritage Project

A project creating the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia before European arrival has won national recognition with the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. The Aboriginal Heritage Project is led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) in partnership with the South Australian Museum, and in collaboration with […]

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Science in the Pub: Epigenetics

Dr Bastian Llamas, ARC Future Fellow, Australian Centre for DNA will speak at the Epigenetics Science in the Pub. Dr Llamas works with ancient DNA and was recently awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to create the first ultra high-quality Aboriginal Australian reference genome to explore human adaption to diverse environments. Where: Rob Roy […]

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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA nominated for Eureka Prize!

This morning nominations for the prestigious Australian Museum’s Eureka Prizes were released and the Australian Centre for DNA – lead by Prof Alan Cooper has been nominated Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. The centre has been nominated for their Aboriginal Heritage Project, which was published in Nature this year, lead by Dr Ray Tobler. The collaboration […]

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Congratulations to our Tall Poppy Winners!

A big congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Dr Zoe Doubleday and Dr Laura Weyrich, who have been awarded prestigious Tall Poppy Awards. The Tall Poppy Awards recognise world-class researchers with a passion and commitment to communicating science. The awards are presented by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. This year, 8 South Australians were […]

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Guest Post: New ancient DNA study sheds light on the history of American peccaries

Today’s guest post comes from ACAD Honours student Tahlia Perry. You may recognise Tahlia’s name, as she has contributed to the Environment Institute blog previously on her experiences in the National Science Communication competition Famelab, and her follow up interview on ABC Radio. Tahlia writes about her Honours project at the Australian Centre for Ancient […]

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Guest Post: Dr Laura Weyrich delights audiences at Pint of Science

Dr Laura Weyrich writes for us about speaking at Pint of Science, last month.   Speaking to the public about science has to be the best part of my job as a research scientist.  I’ve said that over and over again, and I genuinely mean it.  Sure, a bunch of scientist can get together and […]

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Dr Bastien Llamas has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship

We would like to formally congratulate Dr Bastien Llamas on his ARC Future Fellowship. Dr Llamas is part of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA,  one of the top laboratories in the world for ancient DNA research. He has been awarded almost $700,000 to create the first ultra high-quality Aboriginal Australian reference genome to explore […]

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Alan Cooper to be on the panel for The National Science Quiz this year

The National Science Quiz is here! Date: Sunday 25 June, 2017 Time: 2:00pm–3:30pm (doors open at 1:30pm) Venue: ANZAC Hall @ Prince Alfred College, 23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town Join host Charlie Pickering as he exercises the expert mind of Australian Centre of Ancient DNA and The Environment Institute Alan Cooper. Also appearing on the panel […]

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