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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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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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Dr Damien Fordham workshop at The International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICCN)

ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Dr Damien Fordham will be presenting a workshop to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in at Copenhagen, 8th-10th of October 2018. The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental […]

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2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The SA Climate Leaders Awards are shining a light on action being taken by individuals, the community, business and government to address climate change in South Australia. An initiative of the Premier’s Climate Change Council, the awards showcase the innovative work happening across South Australia to grow the future sustainability and resilience of our state through […]

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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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Irreversible behavioural impairment of fish starts early: Embryonic exposure to ocean acidification

Researchers from the Marine Biology Program at the University of Adelaide have made critical discoveries about the impacts of embryonic exposure to ocean acidification. Long-term species responses to ocean acidification depend on their sensitivity during different life stages. Scientists tested for sensitivity of juvenile fish behaviour to ocean acidification by exposing eggs to control and […]

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Dr Nina Welti from CSIRO to give April Sprigg Seminar

Dr Nina Welti from CSIRO will be giving a Sprigg Geobiology Series seminar on “Ecological connectivity of the River Murray: How are riverine trophic pathways influenced by river management?” Where: , Mawson Lecture Theatre, Mawson Building, University of Adelaide. When: Friday 20th April, 3-4 pm Dr Welti is investigating what the influence of raising infrastructure assets on […]

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NRM Science Conference 2018

NRM Science Conference & Dinner Event 2018

We are delighted to be hosting the NRM Science Conference 2018 on our beautiful grounds, at the Adelaide University on the 10th & 11th of April 2018. This conference is a chance to showcase the NRM science underpinning environmental decision making, policy and management in South Australia. Building on the success of the first two conferences, […]

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Media Release: Southern Ocean’s health affected by River Murray’s ebb and flow

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that reductions in the flow of water out of the River Murray could be harmful to marine life in the Southern Ocean. Up until now there has been almost no research into the effect of the river’s flow on the ocean beyond its mouth. In contrast, changes […]

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Sea Snails adapt to extreme acidity levels, living in CO2 vent off NZ

New research published today in Current Biology describes a species of gastropod (sea snail) which lives in very acidic water near a CO2 vent in the southwest Pacific near New Zealand. This is the first instance of Sea snails growing in such acidic conditions, which is more than 30 times higher than normal seawater. Sea snails grow their […]

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