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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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Media Release: Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia Famous for their carefully camouflaged burrows – some with lids or ‘trapdoors’ from which they launch themselves to catch their prey – trapdoor spiders are remarkable animals. The females of some species are known to […]

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Aussie wasp on the hunt for redback spiders

University of Adelaide researchers say a small native wasp that scientists had forgotten about for more than 200 years is now making a name for itself – as a predator of Australia’s most common dangerous spider, the redback. The wasp (Agenioideus nigricornis) was first described scientifically in 1775 by Danish entomologist Johan Christian Fabricius, thanks […]

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New Paper: The Australian desert and the diverse variety of fauna that survive in the arid region

A new paper titled ‘Desert Springs: Deep Phylogeographic Structure in an Ancient Endemic Crustacean (Phreatomerus latipes)‘ investigates the Australian desert and the diverse multitude of animals that call the arid landscape home. The paper specifically focuses on the diverse variety of fauna that exist throughout the Great Artesian Basin in central Australia. The paper involves […]

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New Paper: Trapped in desert springs: phylogeography of Australian desert spring snails

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Martin Breed, Michelle Guzik, Steven Cooper (also South Australian Museum) and Andrew Austin as well as Nicholas Murphy (La Trobe University) has recently been published in the Journal of Biogeography. The paper titled ‘Trapped in desert springs: phylogeography of Australian desert spring snails’ investigates the phylogeographical history and […]

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New Paper – Divergent molecular lineages and not-so-cryptic species: the first descriptions of stygobitic chiltoniid amphipods (Talitroidea: Chiltoniidae) from Western Australia

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Rachael King (also SA Museum), Tessa Bradford (also CSIRO Land & Water), Andrew Austin and Steven Cooper (also SA Museum) as well as William Humphreys (WA Museum and University of Western Australia) has recently been published in the Journal of Crustacean Biology. The paper, titled ‘Divergent molecular lineages […]

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Environment Institute members among successful proposals for ARC Grants

The Australian Research Council (ARC) today announced the successful proposals for Discovery Projects, Linkage Projects and LIEF proposals commencing in 2012. Among the successful proposals were the following involving Environment Institute members: Discovery Projects: Meta-modelling of ecological, evolutionary and climatic systems dynamics (Brook, Prof Barry W; Bradshaw, Prof Corey J; Cassey, A/Prof Phillip; Wigley, Dr […]

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