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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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Guest Post: Ecology Students Make a Splash in Port MacDonnell by Shannon S. Lauchlan

This year’s third year marine ecology and biology field trip to Port MacDonnell was a huge success! A total of 32 students attended. We kicked off the trip by getting wet in the crystal clear waters of Ewens Ponds. Students snorkelled through the ponds making observations along the way, with a few spotting the iconic […]

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Household Rainwater Tanks Could Soon Weaken Urban Floods

Upgrading to SmartStormwater Drains could be the future of urban rainwater tanks. Leading researcher Professor Holger R. Maier from School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering along with Water Technology and Optimatics in Adelaide have been working together to find solutions to prevent urban floods. Local governments are looking for innovative solutions to dealing with the increased […]

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Winner: Associate Professor Seth Westra Wins 2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The SA Climate Leaders Awards recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations who take action to address climate change in South Australia. Entries for the 2018 awards were received from many different industries and sectors, including local councils, the building industry, community organisations and more. The Environment Institute had two members nominated for this outstanding award. Associate […]

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