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ACAD featured on ABC Science Show – Identifying the millions of species yet to be classified

Together with international researchers, University of Adelaide were interviewed on the ABC Science Show about new genetic tools may hold the key to identifying the millions of species yet to be classified. Researchers have now described about 1.75 million species on our planet – but it’s believed there are millions more that haven’t been classified as yet. Completing an inventory of […]

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Limiting, sharing access to and permitting use of our climate – Professor Mike Young

Professor Mike Young (Centre for Global Food and Resources) is best known for his contribution to the development of robust natural resource and environmental policies. In recent times, his research has focused on the development of market-based approaches to the resolution of water scarcity and quality issues. Here he speaks on ‘Limiting, sharing access to […]

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Measurement and feedback for Climate Change by Associate Professor Nick Falkner

Associate Professor Nick Falkner is Director of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium, working across disciplines to address the multi-faceted problems of human habitation, with a focus on using technology in the best ways to enhance quality of life and drive economic development. He sees sustainability, and reduced environmental impact, as one of the key outcomes […]

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Modern humans planned and made open-sea voyages 50,000 years ago

Research has shown it took more than 1,000 people to arrive in Australia, to make a viable population. Two studies published released recently, confirm they arrived more than 50,000 years ago and that this was no accidental migration, the first arrivals must have been planned. Data from Adelaide University, Environment Institute’s co-author Dr Laura S. Weyrich suggests […]

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Fossilised ‘Giant’ discovered on Kangaroo Island

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The finding is adding important insights to our knowledge of the Cambrian ‘explosion’, the greatest diversification event in the history of life on Earth, when almost all animal groups suddenly appeared over […]

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Forum success at ‘Meeting Australia’s Climate Change Targets: Price, Opportunity and Pathways’

The Environment Institute and the Centre for Energy Technology was excited to host a joint forum ‘Meeting Australia’s Climate Change Targets: Price, Opportunity and Pathways’ on the 29th of April 2019. The forum brought together scientific experts who presented their perspectives of different options to meet our emissions targets by 2050 and answered key questions […]

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Tahlia Perry announced as The University of Adelaide STEM Young Achievers Award Winner

We are delighted to announce PHD student Tahlia Perry has won the renown Young Achievers: University of Adelaide STEM Award. Known for her successful EchidnaCSI project, Tahlia’s PHD research focuses on understanding echidna biology and distribution Australia wide in order to better protect them. Echidnas are ecologically and evolutionarily important but conservation efforts are limited by a […]

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Good bacteria is favoured in natural environments

A recent study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’ – with potential benefits for human health. In a report produced by the University of Adelaide, it was found that degraded, low biodiversity land and soils tend to included more ‘opportunistic’ bacteria, while healthy, […]

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Sea snakes avoid predators by “seeing” tails

New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. An international study led by the University of Adelaide shows that several species of Australian sea snakes can sense light on their tail skin, prompting them to withdraw their tails under shelter. The study […]

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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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