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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 […]

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Freaky ‘frankenprawns’: ancient deep sea monsters called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race

Deep sea animals can be the stuff of nightmares. Many inhabit the ocean’s twilight zone (down to 1,000 metres depth), where sunlight has virtually disappeared, and have adapted their vision to this dark alien world. Evolution gave them large, complex eyes to see in dim light — examples include the Vampire Squid, Sloane’s Viperfish, and various predatory crustaceans. […]

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Incredible vision in ancient marine creatures drove an evolutionary arms race

Ancient deep sea creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new research. The international study, led by Professor John Paterson from the University of New England’s Palaeoscience Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Museum and The Natural History Museum (UK), found […]

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