Environment Institute

In the ARC Funding round announced this morning, Environment Institute researchers received: 1 Discovery Indigenous,1 DECRA,1 Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and 5 Discovery Grants.

Congratulations to Environment Institute leaders and members involved with the following successful ARC grants.

Dr Ray Tobler has been awarded a Discovery Indigenous for the ongoing Aboriginal Hair Project with the SA Museum which was awarded a Eureka Prize in October this year.

The project will use genetics to reconstruct the peopling and diversification of Sahul – the landmass connecting Australia with New Guinea at the time of colonisation. A recent landmark study has revealed that people first arrived on Sahul ~50 thousand years ago, and have remained largely genetically isolated from subsequent migrations thereafter.

Dr Vicki Thompson was awarded a DECRA for a project on the role of epigenetic modifications in tiger snake adaptation.
It aims to investigate mechanisms underlying animal adaptation to future environmental change by examining the molecular basis for phenotypic plasticity in snakes.

Dr Jonathan Tyler, EI Deputy Director Prof Bronwyn Gillanders, Dr John Tibby were successful in their LIEF bid for to establish a facility for mass spectrometry and sample preparation to enhance Australian capacity to analyse the stable isotope composition of silicate minerals.

Profs Steve Cooper and Andy Austin were awarded their Discovery project which investigates: Adaptation to life in the dark: genomic analyses of blind beetles.
This project aims to utilise a unique Australian model system based on multiple, independently-evolved subterranean water beetles to explore the adaptive and regressive changes in the genome that occur when surface species colonise subterranean habitats.

Dr Lee Arnold was awarded a Discovery to determine the nature, timing and causes of megafaunal extinction in arid Australia using an extensive fossil necropolis at Lake Callabonna.

Dr Damien Fordham ARC Future Fellow, and Associate Professor Jeremy Austin were successful in their Discovery project on to integrate biotic information from fossils and ancient DNA of vertebrates into computational models to establish ecological processes that drive the structure and dynamics of geographical ranges and regulate the severity of species extinction rates from global change.

Dr Kate Sanders leads a Discovery grant with Dr Bruno Simoes, a Marie Curie Fellow, which uses  the diverse visual systems of snakes and lizards to shed light on the process of gene loss in degenerative lineages, and discover the mechanisms that compensate for gene losses in taxa with secondarily evolved visual capabilities- providing a case of evolutionary re-innovation in complex traits

Dr Martin Breed was awarded a Discovery grant with the University of Western Australia on seagrass adaptation and acclimation responses to extreme climatic events. This project aims to advance our understanding of how temperate marine plants in their northern limit will respond to the effects of synergistic stressors from extreme events combined with climate change. The project will study Shark Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Fresh Science is a national competition helping early-career researchers to become spokespeople for science. As part of the program EMCR will receive three days of science communication training and present at the Fresh Science in the Pub event. Jenna Crowe-Riddell is a Fulbright Scholar and is currently completing her PhD with Dr Kate Sanders who is a Future Fellow and Senior […]

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Dr Marc Jones has been awarded the Lazendorf paleoart prize by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology aims to the science of vertebrate paleontology and the conservation and preservation of fossil sites. This award is given for outstanding achievement in paleontological illustration and art. The artwork which won the prize is […]

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Totally Wild spoke to Molly Hennekam from the Centre of Applied Conservation Science and URAF about their conservation drones. The episode gave an overview of the places they’ve worked in such as studying Orangutan nests in Sumatra. URAF run regular drone training courses, if you’re interested in learning how to pilot drones. The schedule can […]

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An Australia-wide study of connections between environments and respiratory health, led by PhD Student Craig Liddicoat and published in Journal of Environmental Management, has found that living in the vicinity of biodiverse environments is strongly associated with a lowered incidence of respiratory disease.  The paper also included Environment Institute researchers, Profs Peng Bi, Michelle Waycott, Andrew Lowe […]

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New research published today in Current Biology describes a species of gastropod (sea snail) which lives in very acidic water near a CO2 vent in the southwest Pacific near New Zealand. This is the first instance of Sea snails growing in such acidic conditions, which is more than 30 times higher than normal seawater. Sea snails grow their […]

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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 […]

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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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