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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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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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Jul

Averting disaster with UNHaRMED software

It’s an unsettling prognosis. Driven by climate change, population growth and economic development, natural hazards —such as the recent bushfires in Australia and the US, heatwaves in Europe, and floods in Japan—will in coming years become an even bigger threat. They will occur more frequently and with greater intensity. One will ‘cascade’ into another more …

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Jul

The race to stop illegal trading of Australian lizards

Australian reptiles face serious conservation threats from illegal poaching fueled by international demand and the exotic pet trade. In a new study in Animal Conservation, researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Monitor Conservation Research Society (Monitor) investigated the extent of illegal trade in a well-known Australian lizard: the shingleback, also known as the bobtail or …

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Jul

Our experts refute River Murray estuary claims

A team of scientists, led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor John Tibby, has confirmed that the lower River Murray was not an estuary in the mid-Holocene period (more than 7000 years ago) – reinforcing scientific evidence likely to influence important river management policy decisions. Their new paper, published in the Nature journal Scientific …

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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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