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eScience. Seasnakes sensitive to underwater vibrations

Snakes scare the bejeezus out of many people and seasnakes even more so. It’s therefore no surprise that conservation efforts so often neglect our underwater serpent friends. It turns out though that seasnakes are far more impressive than we thought and are basically Jedi of the ocean. Seasnakes have a sensory organ on their head which […]

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A PechaKucha Night of Science

A PechaKucha Night of Science is coming to the South Australian Museum! For the uninitiated, PechaKucha is a presentation style in which presenters showcase their ideas through 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. Its a fun and fast-paced approach to presentations. The PechaKucha Night of Science is in celebration of National Biodiversity Month and will feature […]

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Sea snakes swim their way to media glory

Research by the Environment Institute’s Jenna Crowe-Riddell has made international headlines, following media coverage of her research into sea snakes in Science Daily, Australian Geographic, Cosmos Magazine and more. The research, which was published in Open Biology, uncovered an extra sense for sea-dwelling snakes. “Land snakes and many lizards have small raised structures on the […]

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Media Release: Sea snakes have extra sense for water living

The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, a University of Adelaide-led study suggests. The international team, led by researchers in the University’s School of Biological Sciences, studied tiny and poorly understood structures on the heads of snakes called ‘scale […]

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What do wombats, UAV’s and tiger snake venom have in common? They are the focus of our successful 2016 ARC Linkage grants!

Congratulations to Environment Institute researchers who have had success in todays 2016 ARC Linkage Grant announcement! The details of the three successful projects for the EI are below, with all the successful applicants Australia wide listed on the ARC website. Wombats as a model for evidence based management of native fauna Associate Professor Bertram Ostendorf; […]

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Making sense of seasnakes

Sea snakes are an under-studied and little understood creature. It is exactly this lack of information that compelled University of Adelaide PhD student and evolutionary biologist Jenna Crowe-Riddell to study them. Jenna is a Fullbright Scholarship holder completing her honours studies under the supervision of Dr Kate Sanders. She was recently interviewed by Radio Adelaide’s The Sound of […]

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Study highlights the viviparous sea snakes as a promising system for speciation studies in the marine environment

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Kate Sanders and Michael Lee (also SA Museum) as well as Arne Rasmussen (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), Mumpuni (Museum Zoologi Bogor), Johan Elmberg (Kristianstad University), Anstem de Silva (Gampola, Sri Lanka) and Michael Guinea (Charles Darwin University) has recently been published in the journal Molecular […]

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