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Genetic detectives look to solve HMAS Sydney mystery

The sinking of HMAS Sydney in November 1941 remains one of Australia’s greatest naval disasters. All hands on deck were lost and just one unidentified body was recovered from the wreckage. As the 75th anniversary of this historic wreckage approaches, the Navy is renewing calls for family to provide DNA to name the unknown sailor. The Environment […]

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Vodcast: CSI Adelaide (Research Tuesdays)

As the success of TV series like Silent Witness and CSI proves, the world is hooked on small-screen forensics. But as this special Research Tuesdays Forum showed, our local expertise renders these stylised fictions dull by comparison. Associate Jeremy Austin was one of the leading forensics-focused University of Adelaide researchers, who’s presentations showed how: dental evidence is […]

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Research Tuesdays: CSI Adelaide

As the success of TV series like Silent Witness and CSI proves, the world’s hooked on small-screen forensics. But as this special Research Tuesdays Forum will show, our local expertise renders these stylised fictions dull by comparison. Featuring presentations from leading forensics-focused University of Adelaide researchers, you will hear how: dental evidence is gathered and […]

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From Birdsong Metrics to Ancient Arctic DNA: Selected Publications from the 1st Quarter, 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, researchers at The Environment Institute have published on a vast array of topics, from Ancient DNA in the Arctic, to birdsongs to recommendations for improvements to guidelines such as the Ecological Footprint in order to better inform policy makers. A selection of these publications is listed below. 1. Fifty […]

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Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide have discovered that Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The study, published today in the journal Biology letters, involves Environment Institute member Jeremy Austin from the Australian Centre […]

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New Paper: Historical stocking data and 19th century DNA reveal human-induced changes to native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Jessica Metcalf (now University of Colorado), Alan Cooper and Jeremy Austin, as well as Sierra Stowell (University of Colorado), Chris Kennedy (Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office), Kevin Rogers (Colorado Parks and Wildlife), Daniel McDonald (University of Colorado), Janet Epp (Pisces Molecular, LLC), Kyle Keepers (University of Colorado) […]

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Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Award 2012 – Dr Jeremy Austin

The Environment Institute would like to congratulate Dr Jeremy Austin on being presented with the ‘Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Award‘ for 2012 as part of National Science Week. Dr Austin was presented with the award for his work with DNA and forensic indentification at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA in South Australia […]

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New Paper: The extinction of the Giant Moa was not caused by climate change

A new paper titled ‘The effect of climate and environmental change on the megafaunal moa of New Zealand in the absence of humans‘ investigates using ancient DNA to assess the effect of climate and environmental changes on the now extinct Giant Moa. The researchers discovered that climate and environmental changes did not have a signifcant […]

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New Paper: Ancient DNA identifies post-glacial recolonisation, not recent bottlenecks, as the primary driver of contemporary mtDNA phylogeography and diversity in Scandinavian brown bears

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Sarah Bray, Jeremy Austin (also Museum Victoria), Jessica Metcalf (also University of Colorado), Christina Adler (also University of Sydney) and Alan Cooper as well as Kjartan Østbye (University of Oslo & Hedmark University College, Norway), Elvind Østbye (University of Oslo), Stein-Erik Lauritzen (University of Bergen, Norway), Kim Aaris-Sørensen […]

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160 year old museum specimens identify rare parrot

A team of Australian researchers involving DNA experts from the University of Adelaide has identified a new, critically endangered species of ground parrot in Western Australia. The team, led by Australian Wildlife Conservancy‘s Dr Stephen Murphy, used DNA from museum specimens up to 160 years old to reveal that populations of ground parrots in eastern […]

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