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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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International joint research reveals how fish adapt to ocean acidification by modifying gene expression

Human-driven global change is challenging the scientific community to understand how marine species might adapt to predicted environmental conditions in the near-future. The effects of the uptake of anthropogenic atmospheric CO2 by oceans affects propagate across the biological hierarchy, from changes in the building blocks of life at nano-scales to organism, physiology and behaviour through ecosystem …

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Scientists reveal Earth’s secrets in Flinders Ranges rocks

The first virtual plate reconstruction of the Earth’s last billion years of geological history is providing deeper insight into what formed our planet and made it into how it is today. Professor Alan Collins from the University of Adelaide’s Earth Sciences Department in School of Physical Sciences and Environment Institute member, is part of an …

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Latest COVID-19 detector dog research and trials underway at Adelaide Airport

Six dogs, including four Australian Border Force (ABF) detector dogs, one South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) dog and one dog from the University of Adelaide (gifted by the ABF), have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19. The COVID-19 detector dog feasibility trials are a …

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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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