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Schools that reconnect children with Nature, increase wellbeing and academic performance

As urbanisation and digital access increases, children are growing up without the understanding and experience of what nature is. Engagement with nature has multiple reported physical, mental and social benefits, as well as improves conservation behaviour. Engagement with nature may therefore be an effective way to target the current decline in child wellbeing and academic […]

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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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Nature opinion piece by Associate Professor Phill Cassey

During Associate Professor Phill Cassey’s long service leave, he contributed to Nature, a highly regarded journal in his field. In the ‘career column’ article, Associate Professor Cassey gave his perspective on higher-level academic promotion. In his post, he addresses higher-level diversity and equity in his workplace and outlines one proactive step his has implemented to support diversity at the […]

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Published in Nature – plant evolution from gene scans

Released in Nature magazine, new paper explores the evolutionary history of plants through DNA analysis. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been a part of this exciting task. There are three genomes to analyse in plants, within their: nucleus mitochondria (the battery-like power centres of the cell) chloroplasts (the solar cell like structures that […]

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2019 Private Land Conservation Conference – Rising to the Challenge

The Environment Institute is proud to be sponsoring the Australian Land Conservation Alliance Conference (PLC19) called “Rising to the Challenge” in Adelaide this year. The fifth national ALCA Conference builds on the growing momentum for conservation on privately owned and managed land across Australia, and so evident from the last four conferences. PLC19 ask presenters and […]

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Climate Change Wiped out the ‘Siberian Unicorn’

New research has shed light on the origin and extinction of a giant, shaggy Ice Age rhinoceros known as the Siberian unicorn because of its extraordinary single horn. An international team of researchers from Adelaide, Sydney, London, the Netherlands, and Russia, have settled a long-standing debate about the relationship of the Siberian unicorn to living […]

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Guest Post: 150 Years Not a Lizard

This month marks 150 years since the iconic New Zealand tuatara was recognised to be the only living member of a distinct reptile lineage entirely separate from lizards and snakes. Albert Günther, a zoologist was the first to recognise that the tuatara could not be grouped under the classification of “lizard”. His detailed anatomical description […]

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Old microbial friends key to good health

The human microbiome is increasingly being recognised as an important part of our well-being. But research is showing that our interact with microbiomes in the environment can have a huge effect on the microbiomes in our bodies. The beneficial bacteria that populate our body play a huge role in our metabolism and physiology. If the population […]

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New collaboration between TERN and Nature

A new collaboration towards open data sharing has been forged between the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and Nature Research. TERN, a network of ecosystem scientists, has built its reputation on the sharing of ecological data. The Adelaide branch of TERN is led by the Environment Institute’s Professor Andy Lowe. The data repository that TERN developed, Advanced […]

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Shrinking leaves point to climate change

Environment Institute researchers have discovered that recent climate change is causing leaves of some Australian plants to narrow in size. The results are published online today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, and involve Environment Institute members Greg Guerin, Haixia Wen (also Chongqing University of Technology) and Andrew Lowe (also DENR). The study, which […]

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