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The ‘mystery photographer’ of the Naracoorte Caves uncovered by Dr Liz Reeves

In 1860 a series of three photographs were taken of the entrances to Blanche Cave. Two of the photographs feature the Reverend Julian Tenison-Woods. Tenison-Woods commissioned the photographs, so they could be used to produce engravings for his book ‘Geological Observations in South Australia’, which was published in 1862. The engravings were made by Alexander […]

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Sprigg Geobiology Centre students make their mark at the Australasian Quaternary Association Biennial Conference

We’re delighted to announce, students from Sprigg Geobiology Centre were successful at the recent Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) biennial conference held in Canberra. Adelaide University was one of the most successful institution at the awards. AQUA was formed in 1987, by a small group of researchers at a conference in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. It aims to […]

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Time to rethink aquaculture – for nature not just for people

Marine aquaculture can be criticised for the negative effect it can have on the environment. But could aquaculture, under certain circumstances, have positive effects on surrounding ecosystems? A team of scientists from the University of Adelaide, The Nature Conservancy and Macquarie University wanted to find out. Their conclusions are published today in BioScience. They found […]

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World’s earliest predators on display at the South Australian Museum

One of the world’s leading Cambrian researchers, Associate Professor Diego C. García-Bellido of the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, Environment Institute has helped create a new display at the South Australian Museum. It showcases some of the world’s oldest and most important fossils, including the oldest apex predator in Australia, which are found […]

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Media Release: Ancient DNA reveals clues to the peopling of Central and South America

An international group of researchers, including Prof. Alan Cooper from the Environment Institute & Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), have uncovered remarkable details about the population history of Central and South America Recently published in the journal Cell, two previously unknown genetic exchanges between North and South America have been revealed. The genomes of 49 […]

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Climate Change Wiped out the ‘Siberian Unicorn’

New research has shed light on the origin and extinction of a giant, shaggy Ice Age rhinoceros known as the Siberian unicorn because of its extraordinary single horn. An international team of researchers from Adelaide, Sydney, London, the Netherlands, and Russia, have settled a long-standing debate about the relationship of the Siberian unicorn to living […]

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Australia’s Climate Past Challenged!

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence of climate change that coincided with the first wave of European settlement of Australia, which effectively delivered a double-punch of drying and land clearance to the country. The research, published in Quaternary Science Reviews, suggests that eastern Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, was much drier […]

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Wetland Productivity Workshop – Partnership with DEW and University of Adelaide

Guest post and images by Dr Jasmin Packer, Research Fellow of the Environment Institute with the School of Biological Sciences. Enter Jasmin: Many thanks again to the Environment Institute for sponsorship of last week’s UoA-DEW Wetland Productivity Workshop. Workshop aim: The workshop aimed to bring together DEW’s wetland management experts with UoA to define productivity […]

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Welcome new EI Advisory Board members

The Environment Institute would like to welcome three new Advisory Board members: Bruce Northcote, Director, Office DV&VP(R) Ms Elanie Bensted, Chief Executive of ZooSA Professor Chris Daniels, Director Cleland Wildlife Park. Prof. Bruce Northcote is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide. He is also CEO of […]

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ZoosSA Appoints Professor Kris Helgen as New Board Member

We are delighted to announce that members of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia have voted the Environment Institute’s Professor Kris Helgen as their newest Board member. Professor Helgen said he was, “excited by the opportunity for maintaining excellent rapport between the University and Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.” Professor Helgen is an expert on mammal evolution and […]

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