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Event: Miyawaki Mini Forests & Smart Green Networks Symposium – 6-7 June

Small community forest patches are being planted in cities around the world to address the global biodiversity and climate crises and to bring people together to celebrate human-nature connections. Many of these have been inspired by a Japanese concept known as the Miyawaki Method of forestry or Miyawaki Miniforests. A two-day symposium will be held […]

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Unravelling the enigma of cave crickets

Even in the depths of a pitch-black cave, life continues to evolve. A prestigious Australian Biological Resources Study Postdoctoral Fellowship will help awardee Dr Perry Beasley-Hall and her team to unravel the evolutionary history of one of Australia’s most bizarre inhabitants. Cave crickets (Family Rhaphidophoridae) are an enigmatic group of insects that eek out their […]

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New role in future of Murray-Darling Basin

The University of Adelaide will play a key role in a new multi-million dollar collaborative research program set up to safeguard the environmental and commercial future of the Murray-Darling Basin. A $50 million grant from the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Program and another $106.5 million from 85 partners will fund the newly announced One […]

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Young Leader wins at Young Achiever Awards

We are delighted that School of Biological Sciences PhD graduate, Nicole Foster, was awarded the University of Adelaide STEM Award in this year’s South Australian 7 News Young Achiever Awards. Following her graduation from University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Sciences (Advanced), Nicole then went on to complete her PhD in Environmental Sciences in 2021. […]

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Taking stock: a survey of genetic resources in Australasia

Eucalyptus, Acacia, Melaleuca, Macadamia. Even if you’ve never set foot in Australia, you’ve probably heard of these plant genera. That’s because these plants are not only valuable for their inherent beauty and ecosystem services, but also as natural resources that are harvested and exported at a global scale. Australasia has a wealth of new and […]

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Carbon sinks in the desert catch the eye of Elon Musk’s XPrize competition

Picture a vast desert plain, parched by years of drought. Follow this barren landscape to where it meets the sea, and you’ll find a humid oasis of lush farmland that feeds local communities and sequesters several tonnes of CO2 per year. This is no fantasy – it is the work of our partners at Seawater […]

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Ecologists launch off-the-chart data analysis service with OUTLIER

The delivery of specialised ecological and environmental data services through the University of Adelaide has been streamlined through the creation of OUTLIER, a new unit aimed at providing statistical support to industry and government. For many environmental monitoring projects, statistical analysis of data collected ends up being done in the final hour, haphazardly or with […]

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Re-examining residential risk as climate change intensifies

While stories about the stoic community response to the devastating Queensland and New South Wales floods might be inspiring, according to University of Adelaide researcher in geography, environment and population, Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley, the reality of global warming requires that we confront the human and economic costs head-on. “The notion of the once in […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe appointed interim director of Environment Institute

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew (Andy) Lowe into the position of interim Director of the Environment Institute. Professor Lowe will work alongside the Institute Manager, Theme Leaders and Environment Institute Management Committee to oversee a transition phase and maintain core activities of the Institute. He looks forward to understanding current research […]

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New study unlocks mystery origin of iconic Aussie snakes

New research led by the University of Adelaide has found the first tangible evidence that the ancestors of some of Australia’s most venomous snakes arrived by sea rather than by land – the dispersal route of most other Australian reptiles. In a paper published in Genes, the researchers analysed the genomes of two Australian elapids (front […]

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