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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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Sep

EVENT: Nature Festival – Picnic with Bubbles and Bandicoots

An exclusive slow picnic & wildlife event in the Adelaide Hills. Enjoy some child-free time as you unwind & connect with nature. Peaceful, private and informative: A truly unique picnic in nature. Unwind in your own private picnic site beside a babbling creek nestled under old gums while keeping an eye out for our resident …

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Sep

Professor Hugh Possingham announced as Queensland’s new Chief Scientist

Recently completing his role as Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Professor Possingham has been announced as Queensland’s Chief Scientist. We congratulate our new Chair on his next appointment with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist. His expertise in mathematical and theoretical applied ecology will no doubt be invaluable in this new position. Professor Possingham’s past includes Chair …

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Sep

Unique Komodo dragons under threat by climate change

The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken soon. A new international study, led by the University of Adelaide and Deakin University, has found that the impact of both global warming and sea-level rise threatens the extinction of Komodo dragons, which …

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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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