Summary of Successful Linkage Projects Proposals for Funding Commencing in 2014
The Environment Institute received $1,472,000 out of the total awarded to the University of Adelaide of $3,859,717 or just over 38% of the total funding. Congrats to all involved!
1. Kennedy, Prof Martin J; Hand, Prof Martin P; Vincent, Prof Robert A; Hamilton, A/Prof Murray, W; Roberts, Mr Michael D; Malavazos, Mr Michael; Dwyer, Ms Carmen
Recent studies show that fugitive methane emissions associated with coal seam gas extraction pose a source of greenhouse gasses. In addition to the possible environmental impacts of methane emissions, quantifying the magnitude of emissions has potentially significant implications for future tax liabilities that could change the economics of the unconventional energy boom in Australia. The proposed research by an interdisciplinary team representing regulators, industry, and university researchers would establish a methodology for quantifying the flux of methane from gas fields. It would establish the range of natural baselines and determine the major sources of methane emissions using newly available highly sensitive instruments.
2. Cooper, Prof Alan; Haak, Dr Wolfgang; Mitchell, A/Prof Robert J; Kowal, Dr Emma; Walshe, Dr Keryn A; Sutton, Prof Peter J; Reich, Prof David; Easteal, Prof Simon; Stephen, Dr John R; Vilar, Dr Miguel; Tyler-Smith, Dr Chris
This project aims to use historic hair samples collected by anthropological expeditions in the early 20th Century to generate the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia – in order to reconstruct Australia’s pre-European genetic and cultural past. The map and the detailed contextual and genealogical information from museum archives will assist Aboriginal communities and individuals to reconstruct their personal and family history and trace ancestry and augment oral or written records. The combination of cutting-edge science, detailed archival research, and a comprehensive family outreach and reporting program will be a step change in assisting Australia’s reconciliation process, the Stolen Generation, and repatriation of Indigenous remains.
3. Austin, Prof Andrew D; Cooper, Prof Steven J; Humphreys, Adj/Prof William F; Blyth, Dr Alison; Mitchell, Prof James G; Munguia, Dr Pablo; Harvey, Prof Mark S; Byrne, Dr Margaret; Halse, Dr Stuart A; Humphreys, Mr Garth
The diverse and unique subterranean fauna associated with aquifers of the Western Australia arid zone is potentially threatened by water extraction, mining and other human impacts. This project aims to apply a powerful combination of molecular genetic analyses and compound specific isotope analyses to study, for the first time, the food web structure and source of energy of these groundwater ecosystems. The project aims to also develop novel procedures for monitoring their biodiversity using environmental DNA within the groundwater. The results will provide crucial information for the management of groundwater, and conservation of their associated ecosystems, and significantly improve the rigour of long-term environmental monitoring.