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Not all green spaces made the same, quality needs to be high for health benefits

An Australia-wide study of connections between environments and respiratory health, led by PhD Student Craig Liddicoat and published in Journal of Environmental Management, has found that living in the vicinity of biodiverse environments is strongly associated with a lowered incidence of respiratory disease.  The paper also included Environment Institute researchers, Profs Peng Bi, Michelle Waycott, Andrew Lowe […]

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Sea Snails adapt to extreme acidity levels, living in CO2 vent off NZ

New research published today in Current Biology describes a species of gastropod (sea snail) which lives in very acidic water near a CO2 vent in the southwest Pacific near New Zealand. This is the first instance of Sea snails growing in such acidic conditions, which is more than 30 times higher than normal seawater. Sea snails grow their […]

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Guest Blog: Josie Hyde is studying Freshwater microfauna – in the desert

Josephine Hyde is a PhD candidate at the Environment Institute’s Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (@DNArthropods). Josie has written an exclusive guest post for the Environment Institute blog on her research of microfauna in very isolated habitats in remote WA published in Marine and Freshwater Research. Studying freshwater animals may seem like a weird […]

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Media Release: Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change

Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age. The work – led by the University of Adelaide, and involving scientists from the Queensland Government, and members of the local community – has uncovered what the researchers describe […]

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Repost: “Dieback to domination: what have we learned in 45 years about the ecology of common reed?”

The following article was written by Dr Jasmin Packer for the Journal of Ecology, on the subject of her most recent paper – published in the journal – entitled Biological Flora of the British Isles: Phragmites australis. Reed beds throughout the world have been supporting animal and human populations since the last ice age. These reed […]

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Media Release: Eradicating exotic pests with ‘infertility genes’ may be possible

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive. Invasive pests cost agricultural industries around the world hundreds of millions of dollars and are a major threat to biodiversity and the environment. […]

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Guest Post: New ancient DNA study sheds light on the history of American peccaries

Today’s guest post comes from ACAD Honours student Tahlia Perry. You may recognise Tahlia’s name, as she has contributed to the Environment Institute blog previously on her experiences in the National Science Communication competition Famelab, and her follow up interview on ABC Radio. Tahlia writes about her Honours project at the Australian Centre for Ancient […]

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Globally, floods seem to be decreasing even as extreme rainfall rises. Why?

Environment Institute member Associate Professor Seth Westra and PhD candidate Hong Xuan Do have published an article in The Conversation today on his work with rainfall and flood risk estimation, hydrological modelling, water resources planning and management. His article explains the really interesting results from his recent paper that suggest major floods and the impacts from […]

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Guest Post: Two new species of Parasitic Wasps described!

Identifying, describing and giving names to new species is the art and science of taxonomy. It may seem trivial, but the more we know about how many species there are and how they differ from each other, the better we can conserve, protect and utilise the environment around us. Choeras is a genus of parasitoid […]

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Guest Blog: Changes in climate and increases in farm land are shifting endangered Sri Lankan bird species habitats

In order to conserve biodiversity we need to understand how it changes from place to place. Species composition change from a mountain base to its peak (altitudinal turnover) is striking and well known. But, with the ongoing loss of approximately 1% of natural habitat per year, it is important to understand if such striking patterns persist in human-modified habitats. We compared altitudinal […]

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