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Dr Nina Welti from CSIRO to give April Sprigg Seminar

Dr Nina Welti from CSIRO will be giving a Sprigg Geobiology Series seminar on “Ecological connectivity of the River Murray: How are riverine trophic pathways influenced by river management?” Where: , Mawson Lecture Theatre, Mawson Building, University of Adelaide. When: Friday 20th April, 3-4 pm Dr Welti is investigating what the influence of raising infrastructure assets on […]

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Repost: Smaller emus on smaller islands

The following piece has been reposted from Dr Vicki Thompson’s blog VickiThomson.com     “Have you ever wondered how animals evolve when they are on a permanent diet? Over long time frames? Well, looking at what happens on islands is a perfect way to find this out. In our recent study (‘Genetic diversity and drivers of […]

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Media Release: Island emus’ size related to size of island homes

Emus that lived isolated on Australia’s offshore islands until the 19th century, including Kangaroo Island, King Island and Tasmania, were smaller versions of their larger mainland relatives – and their overall body size correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited. Published today in the journal Biology Letters, this was the surprise finding of […]

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“Godzilla” plays important part in dating the Naracoorte Caves

The Naracoorte Herald covered a new laser scanner nicknamed “Godzilla” being used at the Naracoorte caves. The scanner is able to date sand grains contained within cave sediment. The scanner picks up low level radiation accumulation in the grains accumulated from the surrounding environment which is contained until exposed to light. This means the scanner […]

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Seminar: The hidden past of Tasmanian landscapes

The quantification of the effects of fire and climate change on terrestrial ecosystem depends on our ability to reconstruct past landscape changes. The semi-quantitative nature of Australian palynology has allowed objective inferences of landscape change from pollen data, yet we remain uninformed about the actual degree of alteration of past land-cover due to biases in […]

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SA Science Excellence Awards are now open

Through the awards, we acknowledge the achievements of talented individuals, including recent PhD graduates and early career science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and teachers, who are making an outstanding contribution to society both nationally and internationally. The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour in the state, including its application in […]

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Prof Kris Helgen is featured on Totally Wild!

This morning’s episode of Totally Wild featured a familiar face – Professor Kristofer Helgen speaks about discovering new mammals from the 20 minute mark. He recounts what it takes to discover a new species: and the close eye for a difference outside the range of variability between specimens expected within a species. Professor Helgen films […]

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Biodiverse soils … when the right kind of dirt may be good for you

Around the world, more and more people are living in cities, while our contact with natural biodiversity and soil is declining. At the same time, we have seen a rapid rise in rates of allergies, auto-immune and chronic inflammatory diseases. Now researchers are finding accumulating evidence that these two major trends may be linked, in […]

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Abstracts for NRM Science Conference open now!

Abstracts and registrations are now open for the NRM Science Conference 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is Science for Policy in a Changing World. The conference will be an opportunity for NRM researchers and practitioners to come together to consider the new challenges science faces, and how scientists and policy makers can respond […]

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Seminar: Reducing regional water supply vulnerabilities and multi-city robustness conflicts when confronting a deeply uncertain future

This month, Prof Patrick Reed from Cornell College is visiting the University to give a seminar on his work on engineering design and decision support software to reduce vulnerabilities in regional water supply. Prof Reed’s primary research interests relate to sustainable water management given conflicting demands from renewable energy systems, ecosystem services, expanding populations, and […]

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