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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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Researcher receives Oceanic-Region recognition at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards

Dr. W. Boone Law, has been internationally recognised as a joint recipient of the Oceanic-region Postgraduate Student Award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA). The APSEA awards are the only professional awards for the Asia-Pacific region that recognise the excellent achievement of individuals and organisations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry. This …



The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world – new report launched

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have joined a group from the National Academy of Sciences to show the importance of Australia revisiting climate change targets to stay well below a 2°C increase. This Warmer World Report synthesises the observed impacts of climate change on Australia and the risk to our future of the current …



Woodland biodiversity is declining on Adelaide’s doorstep

With the plight of threatened fauna normally obvious, researchers are finding it can take decades to detect subtle changes in the abundance of many species. Since 2001, the woodland birds of the Mount Lofty Ranges near Adelaide have been monitored every year at over 150 sites from Victor Harbour in the south to near Gawler …


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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