Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

University of Adelaide PHD student, Erinn Fagan-Jeffries has recently been featured on science-based show – Scope TV.

Erinn is researching a group of parasitoid wasps that could help to reduce caterpillar numbers and boost food crops across the country. She has enlisted the help of citizen scientists to breed caterpillars and if wasps are found in the caterpillars, the citizens send the wasps in for testing in her lab.

Erinn is also a FameLab Award Winner.

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A warmer future for South Australia

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified the implications of climate change for South Australia’s plant species and the state’s biodiversity. “Climate change presents a significant threat to biodiversity,” warns Dr Greg Guerin of The University of Adelaide.  “Climate change exacerbates existing problems around habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pathogens, eutrophication, and altered […]

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In a previous blog post here, it was shown that University of Adelaide Researchers Dr Dominic McAphee and Professor Sean O’Connell together with industry partners, have successfully begun the $4.2 million project of rejuvenating the Windara Reef, bringing back 1 million oysters to date, in the Spencer Gulf of South Australia. The question is, how can this be achieved on such […]

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Researchers from the University of Adelaide have undertaken the largest oyster reef restoration project outside the United States in the coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent, near Ardrossan in South Australia. Construction began earlier this month with some 18,000 tonnes of limestone and 7 million baby oysters set to provide the initial foundations for a 20-hectare reef. […]

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We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following Environment Institute Members finalists for the 2018 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Excellence in Research Collaboration The Aboriginal Heritage Project, partnership between the local members of the Aboriginal community, the SA Museum, the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales – ACAD Australian Centre […]

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Emu Bay Shale Kangaroo Island

The Environment Institute’s Associate Professor Diego García-Bellido (@DGarcia-Bellido) from the Sprigg Geobiology Centre has just returned from another successful excavation of the Emu Bay Shale, the 515 million-year-old fossil site in Kangaroo Island. This season’s dig has produced new specimens of exquisitely-preserved Anomalocaris fossil eyes, and at least two new organisms, which are awaiting scientific description. […]

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Choeras morialta

Guest post by Adelaide University PHD Student Erinn Peta Fagan-Jefferies There are a predicted 600,000 species of plant and animal in Australia, but only 30% have been formally documented and named. Taxonomy, the science of describing new species, is normally a slow process – but with so many species waiting to be documented, can we somehow […]

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Researchers from the Marine Biology Program at the University of Adelaide have made critical discoveries about the impacts of embryonic exposure to ocean acidification. Long-term species responses to ocean acidification depend on their sensitivity during different life stages. Scientists tested for sensitivity of juvenile fish behaviour to ocean acidification by exposing eggs to control and […]

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Platypus Venom

A world first discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in the venom and gut of Australia’s iconic platypus will now be investigated for its potential to treat type 2 diabetes, in new research led by the University of Adelaide. In a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, SAHMRI and the […]

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Dr Julian Hume at the Adelaide University

Internationally renowned, Dr Julian Hume, Natural History Museum London, is in Adelaide working on a collaborative palaeontological art project, to produce two paintings depicting megafauna and biodiversity. He will be speaking about the paintings, his work and taking audience questions. When: Friday 25th May 2018, 6:30pm – 7:15pm Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus Cost: Free Public […]

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