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Unique Komodo dragons under threat by climate change

The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken soon. A new international study, led by the University of Adelaide and Deakin University, has found that the impact of both global warming and sea-level rise threatens the extinction of Komodo dragons, which […]

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The world’s leading aquatic scientific societies with 80,000+ members urgently call for cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions

Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action. In an unprecedented statement released recently, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) joined forces with 110 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm.  The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to […]

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Looking to the past to maintain future biodiversity

Researchers have found that in reliably identifying similar warming events of the past, future climate change effects can be forecast, helping predict the best way of protecting species and ecosystems. ”Reference periods in Earth’s history serve as natural laboratories for understanding biodiversity responses to climate change and improving strategies for conservation under ongoing and future climate […]

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Could chocolate be the answer to saving southern Australia’s most endangered wattle?

A partnership between the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and University of Adelaide is testing an innovative rotary hoe method to help save Whibley wattle. Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act protects 75 Acacia species or subspecies with two of these species deemed national priorities. The whibleyana only grows in southern Australia and protecting the Whibley wattle […]

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Marine food webs struggle as climate change increases sea temperatures

Scientists at the University of Adelaide have found growing evidence that marine ecosystems will not cope well with rising sea temperatures caused by climate change. “Healthy food webs are critical for ecosystems so that the world’s oceans can continue to provide an important source of food for humans,” says lead author Professor Ivan Nagelkerken, from the University […]

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Trained dogs could possibly detect COVID-19 in near future

University of Adelaide researchers are working with international partners to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 infection. It is hoped the first COVID-19 detection dogs could be working within months and would complement existing methods by providing low cost, instantaneous, and reliable screening. Dogs could be deployed in airports and also be used to screen […]

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Environment Institute receives two out of four Future Fellowships awarded to the University of Adelaide

We are immensely proud of our researchers’ achievements, receiving two Future Fellowships today. In the ARC Future Fellowships 2020 round 1, Environment Institute member and ARC DECRA fellow Dr Camille Mellin, of the Fordham Lab has received $739,557.00. Her research will summary includes: Safeguarding coral reef fisheries for future food security. This Fellowship aims to […]

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Winner of PlanetFix, our high school student competition, announced in The Advertiser

PlanetFix reflects the passion young people have towards the environmental challenges facing their generation. In collaboration with the Advertiser and SA Science Teachers Association, the Environment Institution ran a competition for South Australian high school students. They were asked “In 50 words or less, what is your best solution to climate change?”. We were shown this […]

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Shape-shifting sea snakes – a dynamic story of powerful selection pressures and rapid evolution

Evolutionary biologists are tasked with understanding the great diversity of organisms around us. For all we have discovered about the natural world, there is still so much yet to be understood. Researchers at the University of Adelaide‘s Environment Institute are using comparative approaches to understand how phenotypic diversity evolves by the process of natural selection, […]

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A broad diet helps tropical fish survive a range shift due to climate change

The global redistribution of marine and terrestrial species due to climate change is a major concern for conservation planners and resource managers. Now new research, using data from long term surveys of tropical fishes, indicates that traditional studies of this range shift phenomenon largely ignore the sequential nature of species movement. The study, published in […]

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