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New Paper – No need for disease: testing extinction hypotheses for the thylacine using multi-species metamodels

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Thomas Prowse, Corey Bradshaw (also SARDI), Michael Watts and Barry Brook as well as Christopher Johnson (University of Tasmania), Robert Lacy (Chicago Zoological Society) and John Pollak (Cornell University) has recently been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The paper titled ‘No need for disease: testing extinction […]

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Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide have discovered that Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The study, published today in the journal Biology letters, involves Environment Institute member Jeremy Austin from the Australian Centre […]

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A new measure for species extinction threat.

A new index has been developed to help conservationists better understand how close species are to extinction. The index, developed by a team of Australian researchers from the University of Adelaide and James Cook University, is called SAFE (Species Ability to Forestall Extinction). The SAFE index builds on previous studies into the minimum population sizes […]

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A private secluded reef not so idyllic – for fish

Isolation a threat to Great Barrier Reef fish At first glance it may seem like a good idea to be a fish living the quiet life on a small and isolated reef. But a team of researchers has found that the opposite is the case on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Using 15 years of long-term […]

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“Four in 40” Barry Brook Podcast Now Available

Barry Brook’s 10 minute presentation for the latest Four in 40 series is now available as a podcast. “Four in 40” is a collaboration between The University of Adelaide and the DWLBC, where 4 speakers each speak for 10 minutes on their research and its implications for policy (and vice versa), followed by discussion. The […]

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