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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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There’s something fishy about flake sold in South Australia

It is a popular takeaway choice at fish and chip shops, but new research has revealed threatened species of shark are being sold as flake at some outlets across South Australia. The University of Adelaide study is the first of its kind to examine flake fillets sold at South Australian fish and chip shops. The […]

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Director’s end of year message

As we all prepare to head off for the Christmas break after a busy and exhausting year, I just wanted to say thank you for your hard work to support the Environment Institute this year. With so many dedicated researchers and initiatives developing, it has been an honour and a privilege to be interim Director […]

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Art competition celebrates marine life education

Winners have been announced in a state-wide school art competition aimed at increasing young people’s knowledge of South Australian marine life and Australian Marine Parks. The students were inspired to create their art following a University of Adelaide organised roadshow. The overall winner, Bella from Kangaroo Island, won a family pass for the ocean experience […]

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia announces new Fellow

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia announces 34 new Fellows. Congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Professor Peng Bi from School of Public Health who was elected as a new Fellow.   The social sciences focus on understanding and influencing the social world. They include the disciplines of anthropology, demography, geography, linguistics, sociology, criminology, management, accounting, […]

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TREENET National Street Tree Symposium success

Over 330 delegates attended the recent TREENET 23rd National Street Tree Symposium, held in Adelaide in September, making it the most successful ever! The Environment Institute’s Professor Robert Hill delivered the Bob Such Keynote Address at the Symposium. Professor Hill is an expert on how Australian flora has changed in response to the changing climate […]

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Wildlife trade threatening unprotected animals

International trade in animals not regulated by multilateral agreements is putting them under increasing threat. More than three times the number of unregulated animal species are being imported into the United States compared to the number of regulated species. Closer monitoring of trade in these species is urgently required so that they may be protected. […]

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‘Astonishing’: global demand for exotic pets is driving a massive trade in unprotected wildlife

Global demand for exotic pets is increasing, a trend partly caused by social media and a shift from physical pet stores to online marketplaces. The United States is one of the biggest markets for the wildlife trade. And our new research has identified an astonishing number of unregulated wild-caught animals being brought into the US […]

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Changes in marine ecosystems going undetected

Existing ways of calculating biodiversity dynamics are not very effective in detecting wholesale species community change due to the effects of ocean acidification. University of Adelaide research shows that in cases where biodiversity metrics show no change or little change, there may still be reorganisation of ecological communities in our oceans. “The belief that climate […]

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