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Looking to the past to maintain future biodiversity

Researchers have found that in reliably identifying similar warming events of the past, future climate change effects can be forecast, helping predict the best way of protecting species and ecosystems. ”Reference periods in Earth’s history serve as natural laboratories for understanding biodiversity responses to climate change and improving strategies for conservation under ongoing and future climate […]

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Shape-shifting sea snakes – a dynamic story of powerful selection pressures and rapid evolution

Evolutionary biologists are tasked with understanding the great diversity of organisms around us. For all we have discovered about the natural world, there is still so much yet to be understood. Researchers at the University of Adelaide‘s Environment Institute are using comparative approaches to understand how phenotypic diversity evolves by the process of natural selection, […]

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New Paper in Science – The last interglacial Iberian Neandertals as fisher-hunter-gatherers

University of Adelaide researchers join an international team to question Neanderthals behaviour. A paper published in Science today involving University of Adelaide researchers A/Prof. Lee Arnold and Dr Martina Demuro provides new insights into Neanderthal subsistence strategies and further questions the behavioural gap once thought to separate Neanderthals from contemporaneous Homo sapiens groups. The study […]

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Mysterious ancient human crossed Wallace’s Line

  Scientists have proposed that the most recently discovered ancient human relatives – the Denisovans – somehow managed to cross one of the world’s most prominent marine barriers in Indonesia, and later interbred with modern humans moving through the area on the way to Australia and New Guinea. Three years ago the genetic analysis of […]

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New study suggests global uniform biodiversity tipping point not backed by science

A group of international ecological scientists, led by Environment Institute member Professor Barry Brook, have rejected a doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth’s ecology. In a paper recently published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the scientists from Australia, US and UK argue that global-scale ecological tipping points are unlikely […]

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Getting the Message Across, Talking Science – SARDI Seminar series

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) presents a seminar by Dr Paul Willis on Thursday 21st February 2013. The talk is titled ‘Getting the Message Across, Talking Science.’ Dr Paul Willis is the Director of the Royal Institute Australia (RiAus) and will be talking about his early career and how he became the […]

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Australia’s Country Towns and Climate Change: Moving from Vulnerable to Adaptable – Event

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility presents a seminar on Thursday 26 July at The Science Exchange, titled ‘Australia’s Country Towns and Climate Change: Moving from Vulnerable to Adaptable’. This seminar will consider research outcomes and investigate implications for planning and service provisions now and in the future. The seminar will feature Professor Andrew […]

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2012 Science Excellence Awards – Nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the 2012 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. This event recognises and rewards outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. The Awards were first introduced in 2005, and since then the State Government has recognised the effort and achievement of more than […]

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New Paper published in Science

A new paper involving Environment Institute member Barry Brook as well as Susan Rule (Australian National University & James Cook University), Simon Haberle (Australian National University), Chris Turney (University of New South Wales), Peter Kershaw (Monash University) and Christopher Johnson (University of Tasmania) has recently been published in the journal Science. The paper titled ‘The […]

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Resilience to Blooms – Published in Science

Justin Brookes, Director of the Water Research Centre at The University of Adelaide, and Caylean Carey have had an article published in Science today. The article is titled ‘Resilience to Blooms’ Science 7 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6052 pp. 46-47 DOI: 10.1126/science.1207349 ABSTRACT Cyanobacterial blooms (see the figure) present health risks worldwide for humans […]

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