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Seminar: The other side of scientific writing

The other side of scientific writing: increasing reader engagement and readership Publications are the universal currency for communication among scientists. But they are generally composed of dense, uninspiring language that can be laborious to wade through and difficult to understand. While objectivity and scholarship are cornerstones of scientific writing, there is another ingredient that is […]

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Q&A with SA Scientist of the Year nominee Professor Bronwyn GIillanders

Marine Biologist Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is nominated for South Australian Scientist of the Year at the SA Excellence Awards. Kate Luders sat down with Prof Bronwyn Gillanders to talk about her recent highlights and the importance of science communication ahead of the announcement of the finalist at the SA Excellence Award Gala Dinner this Friday. […]

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Oyster Reef Restoration Series: History of Australia’s Oyster Reefs

Aboriginal communities used Australia’s oyster reefs for thousands of years before European colonisation. More than just an abundant source of highly nutritious food, oysters provided an important trading resource for coastal communities, and their shells were used to fashion fishhooks and cutting tools. Enormous shell middens containing billions of shells attest to their cultural significant, […]

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Dr Francesca McInerney is nominated as an Unsung Hero

ARC Future Fellow Dr Francesca McInerney has been nominated as an unsung hero as part of National Science Week. The awards are intended to recognise those whose contribution to South Australian Science and Science Communication has been significant over a long period of time but who have not yet received formal public recognition. Dr McInerney […]

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Seminar: Ancient Australia: a talk with Giles Hamm and Cliff Coulthard

Archaeologist and Honorary Fellow of the South Australian Museum Giles Hamm and Adnyamathanha elder Cliff Coulthard recently discovered evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for over 45,000 years! Do not miss this opportunity to see Giles and Cliff speak! Giles worked with the Adnyamathanha people in recent discovery of the Warratyi rock […]

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Sprigg Seminar: Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Dr Liz Reed speak! Hot off the success ARC Linkage grant with Dr Lee Arnold, Dr Liz Reed will be speaking at the South Australian Museum on the 15 August from 6-7pm. Dr Liz Reed has been involved in the Naracoorte caves since she was inspired during an undergraduate field trip […]

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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 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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Tahlia Perry talks weird echidnas facts on ABC Radio

Tahlia Perry is leaping from one win to another, following her recent trip to Perth to represent the University of Adelaide and the Environment Institute at Famelab, she has been interviewed on ABC Radio NSW. She spoke to Tim Brunero about the weirdest things about echidnas, which is the subject of her PhD. She mentions […]

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