BLOGS WEBSITE

Category: School of Biological Sciences

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. […]

Posted in News, paper, Publications, SA Museum, School of Biological Sciences, Science communication | Tagged |

Leave a comment

The Marine and Coastal Hub join NESP $149 million commitment to environmental science

The Morrison Government is backing a new era of environmental science, announcing the universities and research centres that will host four ‘mega’ research hubs in the next phase of Australia’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP). Research will be prioritised to meet the most pressing environmental management and policy needs, with an emphasis on climate adaptation, […]

Posted in Awards, Environment Institute, Grants, Marine Biology Program, MBP, News, Oyster Reef Restoration, School of Biological Sciences | Tagged , |

Leave a comment

Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of game of thrones wolves

Extinct dire wolves split off from other wolves nearly six million years ago and were only a distant relative of today’s wolves, according to new research published in Nature. Dire wolves, made famous in the TV show Game of Thrones, were common across North America until around 13,000 years ago, after which they became extinct. The […]

Posted in ACAD, Environment Institute, Media Release, News, paper, School of Biological Sciences | Tagged , , , |

Leave a comment

Nature paper reveals platypus and echidna genomes feature mammalian biology and evolution

International researchers join Environment Institute members in solving the mystery of Australia’s most ancient living mammals The research featured in Nature. includes the first complete genetic code of the echidna and a better quality code for the platypus. Environment Institute member Professor Frank Grutzner said the two genomes would provide new insights into the unique biology […]

Posted in Environment Institute, Evolution and Climate, Media Release, News, paper, Research Wins, School of Biological Sciences, Science communication | Tagged , , , , , , |

Comments Off on Nature paper reveals platypus and echidna genomes feature mammalian biology and evolution

Professor Sarah Wheeler elected as fellow in the Academy of the Social Sciences

Environment Institute member joins 38 leading economists, lawyers, psychologists, philosophers and other social scientists at the Academy. The Academy of the Social Sciences was established in 1971 to recognise and champion excellence in the social sciences and to provide evidence-based advice on a range of social policy issues. In November, the Academy announced the election of three, […]

Posted in GFAR, News, School of Biological Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Science communication | Tagged , , |

Comments Off on Professor Sarah Wheeler elected as fellow in the Academy of the Social Sciences

Shellfish Reefs project wins Eureka Prize

University of Adelaide marine ecologists are among a team of scientists awarded a Eureka Prize for their research towards rebuilding Australia’s lost shellfish reefs. Our researcher from the Environment Institute, Dr Dominic McAfee and the School of Biological Sciences, and Dr Heidi Alleway, from the Division of Research and Innovation, joined researchers from v in winning the NSW […]

Posted in Climate Change, Environment Institute, Media Release, News, Oyster Reef Restoration, paper, Publications, Research Wins, School of Biological Sciences | Tagged , , , , , , , , |

Comments Off on Shellfish Reefs project wins Eureka Prize

Want to make a change in our world that positively helps biodiversity conservation?

Change is hard, but not impossible. Guest blog post by Matthew Bowie, who is in the final months of his PhD which focuses on consumer behaviour change and sustainable coffee. Many of the threats facing biodiversity are the result of human actions. This is simply a fact of the world we live in. However, I see […]

Posted in Conservation Science and Technology, Environment Institute, News, paper, Publications, School of Biological Sciences, Science communication | Tagged , , , , , , , |

Comments Off on Want to make a change in our world that positively helps biodiversity conservation?

Environment Institute members shine with multiple ARC Discovery Projects funded for 2021

We are delighted to share the achievements of our members, with many receiving funding during the latest ARC Discovery Projects 2021 round 1. Congratulations to the efforts of our sensational team. Images shown are of Environment Institute members. Evolution and function of mammalian sex chromosomes. Professor Frank Gruetzner; Associate Professor Paul Waters; Professor Jennifer Graves; […]

Posted in Awards, bushfires, Centre for Applied Conservation Science, Environment Institute, Grants, Marine Biology Program, News, Plant Conservation, Public Health, Research Wins, Research Wins, School of Biological Sciences | Tagged , , , , , , , |

Comments Off on Environment Institute members shine with multiple ARC Discovery Projects funded for 2021

Researchers release UNHaRMED, a system to support natural hazard risk reduction

Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, members of the Environment Institute have designed a system to help avert future catastrophic disasters. UNHaRMED (Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision) support system, is an interactive modelling platform designed to support policy makers in considering the long term impacts of disaster risk, mitigation and […]

Posted in bushfires, Climate Change, Environment Institute, News, School of Biological Sciences, Science communication | Tagged , , , , |

Comments Off on Researchers release UNHaRMED, a system to support natural hazard risk reduction

Research Tuesdays – Notifications from Nature with Prof Andy Lowe

We’re delighted to have our member Professor Andy Lowe speaking at this popular series. Digital technology is pulling us away from nature, the allure of screens entrancing young and old the world over. However ironically, it’s also becoming one of the environment’s most valuable allies. Date: Tuesday 10th November 2020 Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm ACST Register: Zoom […]

Posted in Climate Change, Environment Institute, Evolution and Climate, Plant Conservation, Plant Conservation Biology, presentation, School of Biological Sciences, Science communication | Tagged , |

Comments Off on Research Tuesdays – Notifications from Nature with Prof Andy Lowe