Rising to the Challenge
Native oyster reef renewal Professor Andy Lowe, Interim Director of the Environment Institute, gives a brief snapshot of the vital environmental research – and actions – underway at our University. The problems we face as a planetary species are daunting in scale and volume – but can be solved through a combination of research (to […]
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ARC Industry Laureate Fellowships 2023 success
Congratulations to Associate Professor Phill Cassey on receiving an Australian Research Council (ARC) Industry Laureate Fellowship for a project ‘Combatting wildlife crime and preventing environmental harm‘. Wildlife crime is one of the greatest threats to environmental and human security across the globe. In Australia, the illegal harvesting, killing, and trade of wild animals and […]
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Shining a light on dark web wildlife trade
A huge amount of wildlife is traded on the internet, with e-commerce marketplaces, private forums and messaging apps being the most popular means to sell and buy live animals, plants, fungi and their parts and products online. University of Adelaide researchers conducted a wide-ranging study, published in the British Ecological Society journal People and Nature , to […]
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Dieback of Eucalyptus trees: end of the line or holding on for a new beginning?
What will happen to an isolated population of the red stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha) as droughts intensify under climate change? It’s not looking good but there is hope says a research team from the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia. Dieback of trees due to […]
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Reef life decline following a decade of ocean warming
Dangers are lurking beneath the sea, but its not what you think. Our marine life may be out of sight, but it does not mean it is out of trouble. The majority of Australian shallow-reef species experienced steep population declines between 2008 and 2021, reports a study published in Nature this week. This trend, although not […]
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Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink
This was the predicament facing the sailor in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner after becoming becalmed at sea and running out of drinking water. But do we face an analogous predicament today with water resources running scarce, and if so how do we best conserve this most precious item? Lets break the issues down […]
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Water buybacks are back on the table in the Murray-Darling Basin. Here’s a refresher on how they work.
The Federal government has announced a new round of strategic water buybacks in the Murray-Darling Basin. The government intends to purchase water entitlements from voluntary sellers in parts of New South Wales and Queensland. A total of 49.2 gigalitres (GL) will be purchased across seven catchment areas through open, competitive and transparent tenders. This water […]
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Ancient DNA reveals a hidden history of human adaptation
Humans may be just as vulnerable to environmental change as other animals, according to our new research analysing genetic data from more than a thousand people who lived across Europe and Asia over the past 45,000 years. We found traces of more than 50 “hard sweeps” in which a rare genetic variant rapidly swept through […]
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On a tiny Australian island, snakes feasting on seabirds evolved huge jaws in a surprisingly short time
A study by researchers from the University of Adelaide and other institutions has found that in a population of island tiger snakes the bones in their jaws increase in length after feeding on large prey, while their mainland counterparts show no change. The new study presents the first detailed examination of the effects that diet […]
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