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Are we ignoring cost-effective biodiversity measures?

Environmental DNA (or eDNA) profiling is being used increasingly to analyse a range of substrates and historical samples, apparently even thin air, but what about soil? Join Professor Andy Lowe as he investigates an important and cost-effective method of environmental DNA profiling. Monitoring the state of our environment is the only way we can be […]

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New Podcast series – EcoFuturists

Planning for the future and breaking new ground across industries must involve improving our natural environment along the way. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it. A podcast series is now available, with episodes uploaded regularly, in which we hear from people leading the way, not only in imagining, but also providing solutions for a […]

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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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MEDIA RELEASE: Past climate safe havens now most vulnerable

The Environment Institute’s climate research featured in Nature. The profound threat of future climate change to biodiversity demands that scientists seek ever more effective ways to identify the most vulnerable species, communities, and ecosystems. In a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, an international team of scientists has shown that the most biodiverse regions […]

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EVENT: Saving Biodiversity through Transformative Change

The May 2019 Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report highlighted the critical importance of biodiversity to human well-being. The report, so far the world’s largest biodiversity assessment, also concluded, however, that biodiversity is facing unprecedented threat from human activities with a million species facing extinction if we […]

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Dr Damien Fordham workshop at The International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICCN)

ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Dr Damien Fordham will be presenting a workshop to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in at Copenhagen, 8th-10th of October 2018. The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental […]

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A warmer future for South Australia

How will climate change impact South Australia’s flora?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified the implications of climate change for South Australia’s plant species and the state’s biodiversity. “Climate change presents a significant threat to biodiversity,” warns Dr Greg Guerin of The University of Adelaide.  “Climate change exacerbates existing problems around habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pathogens, eutrophication, and altered […]

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Cryptic but important genetic differences within species

As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the evolutionary and ecological history of a species. This information is important for how we make use of […]

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eScience. Snotty Gobbling Weeds

We live in a time of rapid change. The biodiversity in Australia is declining and many plants and animals are in danger of being lost forever. One pernicious threat to Australian biodiversity are weeds, which hog space, light, water and nutrients, leaving none for neighbouring plants. Finding ways to cheaply and efficiently control weeds is […]

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Media release: Volcanic vents preview future ocean habitats

A world-first underwater study of fish in their natural environment by University of Adelaide marine ecologists has shown how predicted ocean acidification from climate change will devastate temperate marine habitats and biodiversity. Published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, the researchers used natural CO2 underwater seeps to study how entire ecosystems have been impacted […]

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