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Early career marine ecologist wins Southwood Prize

Congratulations to Environment Institute Future Making Fellow, Dr Dominic McAfee, on winning the 2023 Journal of Applied Ecology Southwood Prize for the best paper by an early career researcher. Earlier this month the British Ecological Society (BES) announced its winners of journal prizes for research published in 2023, including the Southwood Prize. The Southwood Prize […]

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Nature Festival: Our Marine Home – What is the state of our ocean home, and how can we support it?

The Environment Institute was excited to welcome a cohort of passionate community members and practitioners to the first of its Nature Festival 2023 events titled “Our Marine Home – What is the state of our ocean home, and how can we support it?”.  The conversation was guided by University of Adelaide alumni Tiahni Adamson, a […]

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VIDEO: Research Tuesdays Lecture Series – Reefs Awakened

Over the past two centuries, oyster reefs that were once active and effective underwater metropolises crucial to our marine ecosystems, have become almost abandoned in Australia with over 99% of these reefs completely degraded. However, thanks to our researchers, our coastlines are undergoing a revival. In a creative and innovative experiment, our ecological experts utilised […]

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EVENT: Research Tuesdays – Reefs Awakened

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2023, 5:30 pm start.  For in-person, the doors will open at 5.15 pm Location: Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide Cost: Free More information:  Register in-person or Register for the webinar Oyster reefs across Australia—once bustling underwater metropolises and vital pillars of our marine ecosystems—are now ghost towns. In the past 200 years since colonisation, […]

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VIDEO: ‘Rewilding the Oceans’ event

On the 22nd of August the Environment Institute hosted a panel of experts in “Rewilding the Oceans: combining marine biology & technology, public & policy” the story of a lost of the ecosystem and the journey to rebuild before it was too late. Rewilding is becoming the primary strategy for managing our severely depleted coasts […]

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Once the fish factories and ‘kidneys’ of colder seas, Australia’s decimated shellfish reefs are coming back

Australia once had vast oyster and mussel reefs, which anchored marine ecosystems and provided a key food source for coastal First Nations people. But after colonisation, Europeans harvested them for their meat and shells and pushed oyster and mussel reefs almost to extinction. Because the damage was done early – and largely underwater – the destruction of […]

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EVENT: Rewilding the oceans: combining marine biology & technology, public & policy

The Environment Institute is pleased to present an engaging panel discussion on rewilding our oceans for the University of Adelaide’s Ecoversity 2022 Sustainability Week. Hear from experts on how the future of rewilding rests on combining science with technology, public use with education and policy making. We hope to see you there! Background: Rewilding is becoming […]

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World Ocean Day 2022: Restoring our Lost Reef Ecosystems

Today we celebrate World Ocean Day! Environment Institute marine researchers are using the natural relationships between bivalves and macroalgae to enhance the restoration of South Australia’s lost reef ecosystems. Over 150 years ago, oyster reefs, kelp forests, and seagrass meadows lined the South Australian coastline. These ecosystems provided a rich and productive marine environment but […]

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Baby oysters follow the crackling sound of snapping shrimp

Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can “hear” and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea. We played the crackling sound of snapping shrimp, which indicates a healthy reef, to baby oysters using underwater speakers. We discovered the oysters swim towards the sound.  This opens the possibility of playing marine sounds to attract oysters […]

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EVENT: Environment Institute partners with the World Fisheries Conference

‘Sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries.’ The Environment Institute is proud to be a partner of the World Fisheries Conference in 2021 Date: Monday 20th – Friday 24th of September 2021 Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia Program: View now Bookings: Register your interest Held every four years, the 8th […]

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