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Action and support needed to save local endangered species in the Adelaide Hills

Conservation groups are calling nature-lovers to help endangered wildlife impacted in the recent Cherry Gardens bushfire. The early 2021 Adelaide Hills bushfire has devastated 2,700-hectares in wildlife habitat, with many South Australian conservation groups expressing their concerns about habitat recovery for two nationally endangered species and their fellow wildlife. Friends of Scott Creek President, Jim […]

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​Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries 2020 Winner of SA Science Awards – PhD Research Excellence

We are delighted ​Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries has been recognised for her PhD in discovering and describing new species of parasitoid wasps to better document and understand our biodiversity. Dr Fagan-Jeffries completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2019 and is dedicated to discovering and describing new species of parasitoid wasps to better document and understand […]

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Understanding food waste with household bins

Researchers are diving deep into green, red and yellow household bins in the City of Burnside to understand food waste behaviour through micro-auditing the contents and tracking seasonal variations. The researchers will also collect information from Adelaide householders both through face-to-face interviews and 2000 online surveys. The goal is to gain a handle on the […]

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A billion years on Earth in 40 seconds

A video which shows the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years, has been released by University of Adelaide scientists. The time-lapse series displays the movement in just 40 seconds. The video is part of an international research project, published in Earth Science Reviews. The co-author and leader of Adelaide’s Tectonics and Earth […]

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Research highlights competing impacts of warm waters and acidification in Nature Paper

Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish. Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters. But a new study from the University of Adelaide, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that the ocean acidification predicted under […]

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VIDEO: Prof Tim Cavagnaro: Two tales of a city, Carbon Neutral Adelaide & Urban Agriculture in Adelaide

Professor Tim Cavagnaro presents at the Waite Research Seminar Series. In this seminar Environment Institute member Professor Cavagnaro presents results from two areas of research, both of which are focused on the greater Adelaide region. The first area of research focuses on the goal of achieving a Carbon Neutral Adelaide. Results from a recently completed multidisciplinary project […]

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Fish sex organs boosted under high-CO2

Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future. Published in PLOS Biology, the researchers say that far from the negative effects expected under the elevated CO2 levels in our oceans predicted for the end […]

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Freaky ‘frankenprawns’: ancient deep sea monsters called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race

Deep sea animals can be the stuff of nightmares. Many inhabit the ocean’s twilight zone (down to 1,000 metres depth), where sunlight has virtually disappeared, and have adapted their vision to this dark alien world. Evolution gave them large, complex eyes to see in dim light — examples include the Vampire Squid, Sloane’s Viperfish, and various predatory crustaceans. […]

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The Marine and Coastal Hub join NESP $149 million commitment to environmental science

The Morrison Government is backing a new era of environmental science, announcing the universities and research centres that will host four ‘mega’ research hubs in the next phase of Australia’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP). Research will be prioritised to meet the most pressing environmental management and policy needs, with an emphasis on climate adaptation, […]

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Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of game of thrones wolves

Extinct dire wolves split off from other wolves nearly six million years ago and were only a distant relative of today’s wolves, according to new research published in Nature. Dire wolves, made famous in the TV show Game of Thrones, were common across North America until around 13,000 years ago, after which they became extinct. The […]

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