Environment Institute

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and has been organising events for thirty years. TEDx is an independently run event based on the original TED conference structure.

Dr Dominic Mcafee, a marine ecologist who specialises in Shellfish ecology. His previous work has focused on studying the effects of climate change on shellfish and improving the resilience of oyster populations on the East Coast of Australia and in Hong Kong.

Dr Mcafee is now working on reconstructing an Oyster Reef in the Gulf St Vincent, SA. Historically, most of the South Australian coast was surrounded by Oyster Reefs and their loss changed the ecosystems radically.
Read Dr Mcafee’s exclusive series of guest blogs for the Environment Institute, which give a great insight and historical context to his latest project, which will be featured in his TEDxTalk.

The Oyster Restoration project is led by Prof Sean Connell in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Nature Foundation SA, Ian Potter Foundation and Environment Institute.

Dr Mcafee speaks at the TEDxAdelaide on Nov 2, get your tickets soon as this event sold out last year.

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Josephine Hyde is a PhD candidate at the Environment Institute’s Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (@DNArthropods). Josie has written an exclusive guest post for the Environment Institute blog on her research of microfauna in very isolated habitats in remote WA published in Marine and Freshwater Research. Studying freshwater animals may seem like a weird […]

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Children’s University Australia is an International arm of the program which focuses on giving children aged 7-14 experience outside their classrooms. It is an outreach initiative of the University of Adelaide and it encourages children to think outside the box with learning experiences at locations across the state including the State Library, SA Museum and […]

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Former President of the Republic of Kiribati and Conservation International (CI) Distinguished Fellow Anote Tong will officially launch the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide today. Tong, who is known globally for his efforts in raising awareness for climate change and his work to protect marine areas, highlighted the need for […]

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This is a big week for the Centre of Applied Conservation Science! Conservation International members are in Adelaide to hold their AGM ahead of the launch of the centre at Union House, North Terrace Campus this Friday. PhD candidate Jarrod Hodgson, who is a researcher at the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility gave us a preview […]

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Liz Reed

Undergraduate Bachelor of Sciences students at the University of Adelaide travelled to Naracoorte for a private, upclose look at both the caves and the fossils found within them. Forty six students who were enrolled in the Evolution of the Australian Biota course had a four day field trip to the UNESCO World Hertiage Listed caves. Environment […]

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The Naracoorte caves were featured on SBS nightly news in September this year. The story was filmed down in the Naracoorte caves and SBS spoke to Environment Institute member Dr Liz Reed about the important work being carried out in the cave systems. Dr Liz Reed, Dr Lee Arnold and Professor Robert Hill were PIs on […]

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This month’s Science in the Pub held at the Rob Roy Hotel has a focus on ecology. Environment Institute member Dr Marc Jones who is an ARC DECRA Fellow, and Honorary researcher at the South Australian Museum is speaking this Friday. Dr Jones has received wide spread media coverage this year with his most recent […]

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A study published in the Journal of Mammology and featured as a news story in Nature, has names a new species of mammal. Myotis attenboughi is a new species of bat from Trinidad and Tobago, it is the only mammal species endemic to both the island of Tobago and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago This […]

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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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