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Discovering drivers of habitat hotspots with community science

One of the overwhelming messages from this federal election is that Australians care deeply about protecting our environment. We see this not only in our polling booths, but increasingly, also in the way communities partner with us on science that protects our planet. Environment Institute researchers are leading the way with ‘community science’, an innovative […]

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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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History of modern human arrival in Europe rewritten, as new fossil discovered

An international research team including scientists from the University of Adelaide has found evidence of human occupation in Europe almost 10,000 years earlier than previously documented, a discovery that stands to rewrite modern human and Neanderthal histories on the continent. In a study published in Science Advances and led by Toulouse University, France, the authors dated distinctive stone tools and […]

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EVENT: Electric Dreams: Anthropocene in C Major featuring Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

How can art empower us to tackle the climate emergency? When: Saturday 19th February, 8pm & Tuesday 22nd February 2022, 7pm Where: SA Museum Book now: Electric Dreams: Anthropocene in C Major Jamie Perera, an artist that uses sound to deconstruct objects and data in ways that create provoking experiences for listeners and Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray, […]

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Citizens help unlock the secret lives of echidnas

Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and members of the general public have recorded the largest number of echidna sightings across Australia to aid in the conservation of the iconic mammal. In a paper published in PNAS, the researchers describe the outcomes of the Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI), a citizen science project established in […]

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How older Australians can beat the heat at home

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a guide for older South Australians to help them to keep the temperature in their homes comfortable during summer and winter. The researchers say, because older people spend the majority of their time (75-80 per cent) at home, improving room temperatures can greatly benefit their wellbeing. The […]

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Ancient DNA helps solve mystery disappearance of lions and bears

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide, suggest a change in climate is the likely cause of the mysterious disappearance of ancient lions and bears from parts of North America for a thousand years or more prior to the last Ice Age. In a study in Molecular Ecology, the researchers sequenced DNA […]

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Ocean acidification and warming disrupts fish shoals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming. “Fish show gregarious behaviour and cluster in shoals which helps them to acquire food and for protection against predators,” said project leader Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment […]

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Adelaide named the world’s second National Park City

In a major international coup for South Australia, Adelaide has been named the world’s second National Park City which will further enhance the city’s reputation as the most liveable in the country. The UK-based National Park City Foundation confirmed Adelaide’s status of National Park City at the World Urban Park Congress on Friday night, making […]

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New, budget-friendly method detects lime in soil

University of Adelaide scientists have developed a new simple, inexpensive and fast method to detect and measure very low concentrations of agricultural lime in soils, which is generally a time consuming and difficult exercise. The research is published in leading soil science journal Geoderma. PhD student and lead author of the study Ruby Hume, developed this […]

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