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Action and support needed to save local endangered species in the Adelaide Hills

Conservation groups are calling nature-lovers to help endangered wildlife impacted in the recent Cherry Gardens bushfire. The early 2021 Adelaide Hills bushfire has devastated 2,700-hectares in wildlife habitat, with many South Australian conservation groups expressing their concerns about habitat recovery for two nationally endangered species and their fellow wildlife. Friends of Scott Creek President, Jim […]

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​Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries 2020 Winner of SA Science Awards – PhD Research Excellence

We are delighted ​Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries has been recognised for her PhD in discovering and describing new species of parasitoid wasps to better document and understand our biodiversity. Dr Fagan-Jeffries completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2019 and is dedicated to discovering and describing new species of parasitoid wasps to better document and understand […]

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Understanding food waste with household bins

Researchers are diving deep into green, red and yellow household bins in the City of Burnside to understand food waste behaviour through micro-auditing the contents and tracking seasonal variations. The researchers will also collect information from Adelaide householders both through face-to-face interviews and 2000 online surveys. The goal is to gain a handle on the […]

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Research highlights competing impacts of warm waters and acidification in Nature Paper

Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish. Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters. But a new study from the University of Adelaide, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that the ocean acidification predicted under […]

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VIDEO: #CitSciOzOnline with Tahlia Perry and Dr Jasmin Packer

Researchers from the Environment Institute share their success in citizen science. Dr Jasmin Packer and Tahlia Perry have a diverse and varied background engaging with the public to benefit research and help save endangered species of flora and fauna. Ph.D. Candidate Tahlia Perry from Echidna CSI spoke to #CitSciOzOnline in​ Connections and Partnership about “Echidna CSI – Combining […]

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VIDEO: Prof Tim Cavagnaro: Two tales of a city, Carbon Neutral Adelaide & Urban Agriculture in Adelaide

Professor Tim Cavagnaro presents at the Waite Research Seminar Series. In this seminar Environment Institute member Professor Cavagnaro presents results from two areas of research, both of which are focused on the greater Adelaide region. The first area of research focuses on the goal of achieving a Carbon Neutral Adelaide. Results from a recently completed multidisciplinary project […]

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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