Category: SA Museum
Desert “time capsules” of biodiversity support ancient, but at-risk, fauna
The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) spans almost a quarter of Australia’s landmass and is one of the largest underground freshwater sources on Earth. Basin water is concealed from the outside world by a layer of impermeable rock, but at the margins of the GAB, this layer is thinnest and allows water to seep above ground […]
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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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Launch of new research program – ‘Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future’
The ARC Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future is a leading international research program which will deliver interdisciplinary research to forecast environmental change across the Antarctic region, to deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies in the face of this change, and to secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and […]
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Erinn Fagan-Jeffries amongst SA’s 40 movers and shakers under 40
The Advertiser’s 40 movers and shakers under 40 list celebrates South Australia’s rising stars shaping our state’s future. Congratulations to Environment Institute member, Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, an entomologist and a passionate science communicator, honoured on this year’s list. Erinn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Adelaide and Honorary Researcher at the South Australian Museum. She specialises in […]
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50 regional and remote schools look to uncover new insect species
Fifty regional and remote schools across South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have been selected to take part in a new citizen science project, Insect Investigators, led by the South Australian Museum and supported by the University of Adelaide. The project, which launched in September 2021, will connect regional and remote school students with researchers […]
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The assassin spider is not dead on Kangaroo Island!
Researchers have found an ancient species of spider, feared to be extinct after devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia in 2020. The spider, known as the assassin spider (Zephyrarchaea austini), was known to live in the Western River Regional Protection Area on Kangaroo Island. The bushfire burnt through more than 200,000 hectares of bush […]
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Examining Earth’s oldest complex fossils using AI
A NASA grant of more than US$ 300,000 (AUD $410,000) has been awarded to an international team led by Distinguished Professor Mary Droser from the University of California–Riverside and Associate Professor Diego C. García-Bellido from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, and the South Australian Museum. The three-year project, funded by the Exobiology Program at NASA, […]
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New citizen science project creates a buzz in the classroom.
A new citizen science project, Insect Investigators, led by the South Australian Museum and involving the University of Adelaide Environment Institute’s Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, will connect school students with scientists to document their local insect biodiversity and discover insects in their area. Launching as part of National Biodiversity Month, Insect Investigators is calling for applications […]
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Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries awarded Citizen Scientist Grant for important national research project
We are delighted to announce Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries has received one of nine National Citizen Science Grants. Together with the SA Museum, much of the work will be undertaken in University of Adelaide laboratories, helping to further strengthening ties between the organisations. Almost $4 million has been allocated in this funding round to nine projects that offer […]
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555 million-year-old fossils reveal early feeding strategies
An international team of researchers has shed light on the feeding mode of Pentaradial Arkarua, a strange, alien-like creature. This creature inhabited tropical, shallow waters covering the Flinders Ranges of South Australia 555 million years ago according to the collaborative team involving South Australian Museum and Environment Institute’s Associate Professor Diego C. García-Bellido, several European institutions. Their […]