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Media Release: Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change

Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age. The work – led by the University of Adelaide, and involving scientists from the Queensland Government, and members of the local community – has uncovered what the researchers describe […]

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Repost: “Dieback to domination: what have we learned in 45 years about the ecology of common reed?”

The following article was written by Dr Jasmin Packer for the Journal of Ecology, on the subject of her most recent paper – published in the journal – entitled Biological Flora of the British Isles: Phragmites australis. Reed beds throughout the world have been supporting animal and human populations since the last ice age. These reed […]

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Media Release: Eradicating exotic pests with ‘infertility genes’ may be possible

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive. Invasive pests cost agricultural industries around the world hundreds of millions of dollars and are a major threat to biodiversity and the environment. […]

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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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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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Guest Post: Two new species of Parasitic Wasps described!

Identifying, describing and giving names to new species is the art and science of taxonomy. It may seem trivial, but the more we know about how many species there are and how they differ from each other, the better we can conserve, protect and utilise the environment around us. Choeras is a genus of parasitoid […]

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Guest Blog: Changes in climate and increases in farm land are shifting endangered Sri Lankan bird species habitats

In order to conserve biodiversity we need to understand how it changes from place to place. Species composition change from a mountain base to its peak (altitudinal turnover) is striking and well known. But, with the ongoing loss of approximately 1% of natural habitat per year, it is important to understand if such striking patterns persist in human-modified habitats. We compared altitudinal […]

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Sean Connell Series: Moving ocean acidification research beyond its pioneering roots

 A new paper has been published in Food Webs recently, the paper was led by Giulia Ghedini, a PhD Candidate and her supervisor Professor Sean Connell investigate carbon dioxide and ocean acidification. Professor Sean Connell writes the following guest post: Tests of the ecological responses to field of ocean acidification started less than 10 years ago.  With the […]

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Guest Post: How King George Whiting have the potential to adapt to climate change.

A new study published in The Journal of Fish Ecology was lead by PhD candidate Nastaran Mazloum. The work featured contributions by Dr Zoe Doubleday and Professor Bronwyn Gillanders from the Southern Seas Ecology Laboratory within the Environment Institute, in collaboration with the University of Texas. The work investigated whether the swimming speeds of a fish are […]

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Sean Connell series: Can we predict tipping points for ecosystem collapse?

Professor Sean Connell, Dr Zoe Doubleday, Jonathon Leung and Samuel Owens from the Southern Seas Ecology Laboratory within the Environment Institute have published a new paper in Conservation Biology.  Their collaboration with SARDI, CQ University, UNSW, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, The University of Hong Kong investigated whether the way we view “healthy” ecosystems is not entirely accurate, […]

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