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South Australia’s second large-scale oyster reef restoration will be constructed off the Adelaide metropolitan coast

A new shellfish reef is to be built at Glenelg, signalling a rapid transition from environmental amnesia to conservation action. In a stark contrast to the historical baseline of South Australian oyster reefs, University of Adelaide researchers’, Professor Sean Connell and Dr Heidi Alleway had discovered 1,500 km of Southern Australia coastline reefs had been lost […]

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Award winners Dr Erinn Fagen-Jeffries and Dr Alice Jones

Our early career researchers have been working hard to showcase their outstanding research. They have achieved fantastic results and in doing so, have won some prestigious awards this year. Congratulations to Dr Erinn Fagen-Jeffries for receiving the Harold Woolhouse prize. This prize is for the best PhD thesis produced in the Faculty ofSciences. Friends, family and […]

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Windara Reef completed this week, with 7 million native oysters released

Windara Reef is the largest man-made oyster reef system in the Southern Hemisphere based in South Australia. The wild release of the hatchery-raised Australian Flat Oysters marks the final stage of three years of work to reconstruct natural shellfish reefs in Gulf St Vincent, South Australia. The Windara Reef system is under 10 metres of […]

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Time to rethink aquaculture – for nature not just for people

Marine aquaculture can be criticised for the negative effect it can have on the environment. But could aquaculture, under certain circumstances, have positive effects on surrounding ecosystems? A team of scientists from the University of Adelaide, The Nature Conservancy and Macquarie University wanted to find out. Their conclusions are published today in BioScience. They found […]

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‘Feeding Australia’ ABC Catalyst documentary features University of Adelaide Researchers

ABC Catalyst has released an exciting, new documentary series about food, called ‘Feeding Australia’. It features a wide range of University of Adelaide food and innovation researchers, including Dr Dominic Mcafee, URAF Drones, Waite Campus and with our Dr Noby Leong as a co-host. From Catalyst: “We’re a nation with a big appetite and as the […]

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2018 South Australian Science Excellence Award – Winners

On Friday night, the Science Excellence Awards Dinner event was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. It was a wonderful event which showcased the inspirational research advancing both South Australia and the world. The Environment Institute was represented by the following nominees: Excellence in Research Collaboration The Aboriginal Heritage Project, partnership between the local members […]

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VIDEO: How South Australian Oyster Reefs Are Being Created

In a previous blog post here, it was shown that University of Adelaide Researchers Dr Dominic McAphee and Professor Sean O’Connell together with industry partners, have successfully begun the $4.2 million project of rejuvenating the Windara Reef, bringing back 1 million oysters to date, in the Spencer Gulf of South Australia. The question is, how can this be achieved on such […]

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Massive Restored Reef Aims to bring South Australia’s Oysters Back

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have undertaken the largest oyster reef restoration project outside the United States in the coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent, near Ardrossan in South Australia. Construction began earlier this month with some 18,000 tonnes of limestone and 7 million baby oysters set to provide the initial foundations for a 20-hectare reef. […]

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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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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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