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Tree of Life: A Night of Science at South Australian Museum

To celebrate Spring and National Biodiversity Month, Inspiring South Australia and the South Australian Museum present some extraordinary insights into evolution, extinction and the changing face of our Earth through the eyes of a handful of fabulous and fascinating SA scientists. The evening will include four short presentations followed by an interval for refreshments and […]

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Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The Caterpillar Conundrum on ScopeTV with 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 […]

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A warmer future for South Australia

How will climate change impact South Australia’s flora?

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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Choeras morialta

Barcoding Wasps: Using DNA to Quickly Discover and Document Species

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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Guest Blog: Josie Hyde is studying Freshwater microfauna – in the desert

Josephine Hyde is a PhD candidate at the Environment Institute’s Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (@DNArthropods). Josie has written an exclusive guest post for the Environment Institute blog on her research of microfauna in very isolated habitats in remote WA published in Marine and Freshwater Research. Studying freshwater animals may seem like a weird […]

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Children’s University: Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

Children’s University Australia is an International arm of the program which focuses on giving children aged 7-14 experience outside their classrooms. It is an outreach initiative of the University of Adelaide and it encourages children to think outside the box with learning experiences at locations across the state including the State Library, SA Museum and […]

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Prof Andy Austin is interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on ABC RN’s Counterpoint

Professor Andy Austin was interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on the ABC RN show “Counterpoint”, as a result of the recent press coverage which featured in USA Today, which has a daily readership of 7 million. Prof Austin spoke about his recent PLoS One, led by PhD candidate Sophie Harrison which challenges the previous theory the spiders arrived in Australia. Genetic analysis […]

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Trap door spider “great ocean journey” gets worldwide press coverage

A paper published in PLOS One today by PhD candidate Sophie Harrison and Professor Andy Austin today tells the origin story of Trapdoor Spider’s arrival in Australia. This new paper challenges the previous theory the spiders arrived in Australia during the break up of the supercontinent Gondwana 95 million years ago. However, the genetic analysis conducted […]

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Media Release: Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia

An Australian trapdoor spider, which usually moves no further than a couple of metres from where it was hatched, must have travelled to Australia over the Indian Ocean from South Africa, University of Adelaide research has shown. Found only on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia, the trapdoor spider – Moggridgea rainbow – […]

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Guest Post: Two new species of Parasitic Wasps described!

Identifying, describing and giving names to new species is the art and science of taxonomy. It may seem trivial, but the more we know about how many species there are and how they differ from each other, the better we can conserve, protect and utilise the environment around us. Choeras is a genus of parasitoid […]

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