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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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Mount Lofty Ranges woodland bird monitoring reveals steep decline in numbers

Woodland birds are disappearing from the Mount Lofty Ranges at an alarming rate, University of Adelaide research shows, and scientists say the trend is a sign that the ecosystem is on the verge of collapse. Over the past 20 years, the number of woodland birds at monitoring sites has halved. Member of the Environment Institute, […]

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VIDEO: Blueprints for action with Professor Hugh Possingham and Matthew Bowie

Autumn 2020/21 program of the Ecology and Evolution Series is available for to watch on demand. Matthew Bowie PhD candidate – School of Biological Sciences How do you choose what’s for dinner, the clothes you wear, or the way you travel? Many of the threats facing biodiversity result from our choices but changing our behaviour is […]

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Reducing artificial light at night may improve health

There is a growing body of evidence that exposure to green space is good for our health but a new study from the University of Adelaide has found that this may equally be due to how much light we are exposed to at night. Spending time in green space can improve depressive symptoms, obesity, and […]

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Research featured in ‘Science’ finds climate change key factor in rivers running dry

An international team of researchers including the University of Adelaide has demonstrated that climate change is responsible for the changes in the flow and water volume of rivers globally, with major implications for Australia. In the study published in Science, the team investigated changes in river flow, and whether the globally visible changes could be attributed to […]

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Improved mapping of South Australia’s seagrass will help future recovery

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been mapping large-scale seagrass cover and genus distribution on South Australia’s temperate coast. Seagrasses are environmentally and economically important. They provide ecosystem services for humans including the provision of habitat for commercial species, protection of infrastructure from erosion and sea level rise, and improved water quality through nutrient […]

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New tool helps assess risks to the Murray River floodplain systems

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have partnered with the Department for Environment and Water to develop a tool that greatly improves the capability of environmental managers to assess and manage hypoxic blackwater risks on floodplain-river systems. The research has been published in the leading Journal of Environmental Management and Assessment. Aquatic organisms such as fish […]

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Disappointing season for beekeepers in South Australia

La Niña’s cool, but dry weather conditions provided less pollen and nectar for bees. University of Adelaide and Environment Institute member, researcher Dr Katja Hogendoorn said dry periods were having a “major impact” on feed availability for native and honey bees. “The very hot summers and heatwaves during spring cause the flowers to dissipate very […]

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University of Adelaide Spatial Scientists Receive Top Awards

Australia’s peak body representing surveying and spatial science professionals, has recently recognised the work of two University of Adelaide researchers. The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) recently awarded Dr. Ken Clarke and Dr. W. Boone Law with top honours at the regional (SA) Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) ceremony, held at the Adelaide Pavilion […]

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Environment Institute Members showcased in upcoming Ecology and Evolution Autumn Series

Professor Hugh Possingham will lead a well-respected group of EI researchers in the online series. We’re delighted our members continue to focus on how the University of Adelaide is finding solutions to key problems in the fields of ecology and evolution. The Autumn 2021 series theme is ‘Blueprints for action’ with seminars beginning at 3pm Adelaide time, ACDT. […]

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