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We are responding to our changing climate in South Australia and helping the state to prepare and adapt.

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The Environment Institute represents a diverse range of centres and programs, dedicated to making environmental change.

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Our interdisciplinary research approach ensures members produce exceptional results.

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Latest News

Prof. Hugh Possingham announced as new Chair for Environment Institute Advisory Board

We welcome Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Professor Hugh Possingham as the incoming Chair. As alumni and Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide, he is widely regarded internationally for his work and we look forward to Prof. Possinghams leadership in future.

Researchers develop new eDNA techniques to detect the rare Australian endemic Blind Cave Eel

This new technique enables detection of the Blind Cave Eel from environmental DNA (eDNA) in groundwater, without physically catching the animals. It was detected at eight separate locations; three sites where it had previously been physically detected and more significantly, at five sites from which the species has never been recorded.

SA’s second large-scale oyster reef restoration will be constructed off the Adelaide metropolitan coast

A new shellfish reef is to be built at Glenelg, signalling a rapid transition from environmental amnesia to conservation action. The site was chosen as it represents one of first reef restorations near a major urban centre in the world, within a 1 km of Glenelg’s shoreline. It will offer a fantastic opportunity for the public and students to engage with reef restoration. 

Bushfire response from Director Professor Bob Hill

"The recent, shocking sequence of bushfires across the southern and eastern coast of Australia has stunned us all.

In South Australia, we have experienced some extremely challenging times. The impacts of these fires will be felt for decades to come and the response to them will be complex. I have been involved in some aspects of these responses and many University of Adelaide staff have relevant expertise to assist with the recovery process."

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The assassin spider is not dead on Kangaroo Island!

Researchers have found an ancient species of spider, feared to be extinct after devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia in 2020. The spider, known as the assassin spider (Zephyrarchaea austini), was known to live in the Western River Regional Protection Area on Kangaroo Island. The bushfire burnt through more than 200,000 hectares of bush …

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Awards for the Enhancement and innovation of student learning

These awards recognise the diverse range of activities, services and programs that contribute to student learning and engagement at the University of Adelaide. They serve to highlight the important role that staff from all areas of the University have in supporting us to achieve our strategic goals. Congratulations to Environment Institute member, Dr Carlos Bartesaghi Koc a …

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Nov

Alien organisms – are they a threat to biosecurity?

Scientists warn, without good biosecurity measures ‘alien organisms’ on Earth may become a reality stranger than fiction. Published in international journal BioSciences, a team of scientists, including Associate Professor Phill Cassey, Head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, are calling for greater recognition of the biosecurity risks ahead of …

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University of Adelaide research making an impact

Professor Bob Hill gives an insight into our cross-faculty team and how we're making positive steps towards climate change, sustainability and the environment research.

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