ERA results confirm Environment Institute’s research is at the highest international level

ERA results confirm Environment Institute’s research is at the highest international level.

On Monday 24 January 2011 the Federal Government released the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was an assessment of the quality of research in all subjects in all Australian universities. The outcome for the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide was outstanding – with scores of 5, the maximum possible score, awarded for the overarching areas of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences as well as 5s in the following discipline areas:

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Geology

A score of 5 is defined by ERA as indicating the research is well above world standard. A score of 4 (above world standard) was awarded to other disciplines within the Environment Institute, such as:

  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Sciences and Management
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The full list of all scores can be found at the ERA website.

These outcomes confirm that the Environment Institute’s research is at the highest international level and secures its reputation as a base for outstanding earth and environmental research in Australia.

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  2. Research on human population dynamics and human overpopulation…….

    We are routinely presented with plenty of factoids, figures and statistics. Where is the scientifically-driven evidence regarding the population dynamics and unbridled, skyrocketing growth of the human species on Earth?

    As humanity’s most luminous beacon of truth, science provides us with a last best hope for the survival of life as we know it on Earth. We must make certain that scientific evidence is never downplayed, distorted and denied by religious dogma, politics or ideological idiocy.

    Let us not fail for another year to acknowledge extant research of human population dynamics. The willful refusal of many too many experts to assume their responsibilities to science and perform their duties to humanity could be one of the most colossal mistakes in human history. Such woefully inadequate behavior, as is evident in an incredible conspiracy of silence among experts, will soon enough be replaced with truthful expressions by those in possession of clear vision, adequate foresight, intellectual honesty and moral courage.

    Hopefully leading thinkers and researchers will not continue supressing scientific evidence of human population dynamics and instead heed the words of Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston regarding the emerging and converging, human-driven global challenges that loom ominously before humankind in our time, “we’ve got to make sure that population is recognized…. as a multiplier of many others. We’ve got to make sure that population really does peak out when we hope it will.”

    Sir John goes on, “what we want to do is to see the issue of population in the open, dispassionately discussed…. and then we’ll see where it goes.”

    In what is admittedly a feeble effort to help John Sulston fulfill his charge to examine all available scientific evidence regarding human population dynamics, please give careful consideration to the following presentation and then take time to rigorously scrutinize the not yet overthrown science from Russell Hopfenberg and David Pimentel regarding human population dynamics and human overpopulation. The science is clear.

    Please accept this invitation to discern the best available science of human population dynamics and human overpopulation; discover the facts; deliberate; draw logical conclusions; and disseminate the knowledge widely.

    Thank you.
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001
    Chapel Hill, NC