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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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Dr Dom Mcaffee has been chosen to speak at TEDxAdelaide

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and has been organising events for thirty years. TEDx is an independently run event based on the original TED conference structure. Dr Dominic Mcafee, a marine ecologist who specialises in Shellfish ecology. His previous work has focused on studying the effects of climate change on shellfish […]

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Goyder Water Research Institute Media Release: Coastal Carbon Ecosystems

The following Media Release has been reposted from Goyder Water Research Institute: Multidisciplinary research team working to determine the value of South Australia’s coastal carbon ecosystems The recently-commenced project Coastal Carbon Opportunities: demonstrating additionality and potential for future offsets in South Australia will see a multidisciplinary research team working to determine the value of the state’s coastal […]

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Science in the Pub: Sustainability of Natural Resources

Professor Sean Connell will speak at the regional Science in the pub on the Fleurieu Peninsula next Tuesday night. Sean Connell is a Professor of Marine Biology and is involved in the Windara Reef which was recently launched by the South Australian Government, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Science in the Pub – Fleurieu Penninsula Where: The […]

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Q&A with SA Scientist of the Year nominee Professor Bronwyn GIillanders

Marine Biologist Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is nominated for South Australian Scientist of the Year at the SA Excellence Awards. Kate Luders sat down with Prof Bronwyn Gillanders to talk about her recent highlights and the importance of science communication ahead of the announcement of the finalist at the SA Excellence Award Gala Dinner this Friday. […]

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Oyster Reef Restoration Series: History of Australia’s Oyster Reefs

Aboriginal communities used Australia’s oyster reefs for thousands of years before European colonisation. More than just an abundant source of highly nutritious food, oysters provided an important trading resource for coastal communities, and their shells were used to fashion fishhooks and cutting tools. Enormous shell middens containing billions of shells attest to their cultural significant, […]

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Bronwyn Gillanders has been nominated for SA Scientist of the Year

Deputy Director of The Environment Institute Professor Bronwyn Gillanders has been nominated for Scientist of the Year at the South Australian Excellence Awards! Professor Gillanders researches population structure and connectivity, Cephalopod biology, ecology and fisheries, coastal carbon opportunities, ecological and environmental change and integrated marine management. The Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative is an integrated marine management […]

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Media Release: ‘Weedy’ fish species to take over our future oceans

University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments. Published today in Current Biology, the researchers studied species interactions in natural marine environments at underwater volcanic vents, where concentrations of CO2 match those predicted […]

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Oyster Reef Restoration in Gulf St Vincent Project receives media attention

This morning Environment Institute member Dr Dominic Mcafee and Prof Sean Connell’s article in The Conversation was published. It was consequently also sent out in the daily the Conversation email of top stories. The Conversation article covers the history of the Oyster Reefs in Australia and their benefits to the marine environment they foster and support. For example, […]

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Guest Series: Restoring our State’s Oyster Reefs

Oysters; they’re delicious, healthy, and can get things happening in the bedroom. But there is a lot more to the humble oyster than being an enticing hor d’oeuvre. Oysters create ecosystems, clean up our pollution, protect our shorelines from storms, and can even slow the rate of climate change. Given the opportunity, oysters can provide […]

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