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Congratulations to Dr Tahlia Perry who has been announced as a finalist in PhD Research Excellence in the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards.

Dr Perry, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences and the Environment Institute, is passionate about conserving Australia’s wildlife using innovative methods to engage the public and launched the Australia-wide citizen science project, EchidnaCSI.  The project relies on public input to submit echidna sightings and scat samples to better understand wild echidna populations for conservation purposes.

Dr Perry has developed molecular techniques to analyse the gut microbiome and diet of echidnas from scats submitted through EchidnaCSI, bringing together areas of genetics, microbiology, and bioinformatics with ecology, public engagement and conservation.  EchidnaCSA itself is also a finalist in the upcoming Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes which rewards excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

Findings from Dr Perry’s research are being used to inform conservation management practices and policies of endangered Australian monotremes, and to build extensive international collaborative networks to further conservation research.

The winners of the Awards will be announced on 3rd December, 2021.

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A new citizen science project, Insect Investigators, led by the South Australian Museum and involving the University of Adelaide Environment Institute’s Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, will connect school students with scientists to document their local insect biodiversity and discover insects in their area. Launching as part of National Biodiversity Month, Insect Investigators is calling for applications […]

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide in partnership with InterpreData and DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies, Singapore, have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program to develop scientific origin verification tools for global timber supply chains. Illegal logging is a major contributor to the global deforestation crisis. While government legislation can […]

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Five University of Adelaide researchers have won 2021 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The Tall Poppy Awards, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, recognise the achievements of Australian scientists and their commitment to sharing their research and passion for science with the broader community. The Environment Institue is proud to have […]

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The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a finalist in the Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes. EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project where members of the public across Australia are encouraged to take photos of echidnas found in their local area through a dedicated phone app, and collect echidna scat (poo) for molecular analysis of […]

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The University of Adelaide has been awarded $1,965,291 in linkage grants by the Australian Research Council to undertake research that will bring benefits in the meat, hemp, mining and performing arts industries. The ARC’s Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. […]

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Five University of Adelaide researchers have collectively been awarded more than $4.5 million from the Federal Government to advance their work. The researchers’ projects – which were awarded the most funding in the state – will focus on enhancing crop salt tolerance, understanding working memory, environmental policy, gene regulation in wheat; and the interplay between […]

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The transnational smuggling of live animals poses a threat to Australia’s biodiversity, conservation, environmental biosecurity, animal welfare, and human health and wellbeing. In a study published in Conversation Letters, researchers at the University of Adelaide compared the illegal smuggling of live reptiles – including lizards, snakes and turtles – into Australia, to the unregulated pet trade […]

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As the nation’s leader in waste management, renewable energy and climate change action, South Australia’s most prominent individuals in the environment sector have been named by The Advertiser. The states’ wealth of talented and knowledgeable leaders has been selected by a panel of experts who were able to select the most influential people over the past […]

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The world’s leading climate scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC, have warned that the prospect of limiting global warming to 1.5C will be out of reach within 12 years at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions. The latest 2021 report has indisputably confirmed that human activity is heating the planet, causing […]

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