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Researchers release UNHaRMED, a system to support natural hazard risk reduction

Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, members of the Environment Institute have designed a system to help avert future catastrophic disasters. UNHaRMED (Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision) support system, is an interactive modelling platform designed to support policy makers in considering the long term impacts of disaster risk, mitigation and […]

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EVENT: EchidnaCSI at Australian Citizen Science Association’s Online Conference

Ms Tahlia Perry will provide insights into combining ecology, genetics and microbiology with citizen science at CitSciOzOnline. Ms Tahlia Perry, completing PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, has been invited as one of only 13 speakers for the Australian Citizen Science Association’s Online Conference – CitSciOzOnline. Date: Wednesday October 21st 2020 Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm ACST Where: Watch […]

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Professor Hugh Possingham announced as Queensland’s new Chief Scientist

Recently completing his role as Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Professor Possingham has been announced as Queensland’s Chief Scientist. We congratulate our new Chair on his next appointment with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist. His expertise in mathematical and theoretical applied ecology will no doubt be invaluable in this new position. Professor Possingham’s past includes Chair […]

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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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Funding for Glossy Black Cockatoo allow Environment Institute members to continue recovery on Kangaroo Island

We are delighted our researchers continue to step up and respond to the ongoing needs of bushfire recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board, Environment Institute member, Dr Prowse has been awarded funding through the Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program. He will be developing a revegetation strategy to support the conservation of […]

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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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Two finalists announced in the SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards 2020

We are incredibly proud to have two Environment Institute members as finalists in these inspiring South Australian awards. Nomination: STEMM Educator of the Year – University or Registered Training Organisation Dr Wayne Boardman is a wildlife veterinarian, conservationist, researcher, academic and senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. While working as zoo veterinarian at Auckland […]

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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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