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20

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 …

19

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 …

13

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 …

12

Jul

A new DNA database will keep log on timber origins

Environment Institute member Professor Andy Lowe partners with Western Australian-based company Interpredata to build a DNA database for timber and help prevent illegal logging. The partnership has recently been awarded a $60,000 Australian Government traceability grant to build the database. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries …

6

Jul

APPLY NOW: Future Making Fellowship Scheme – fellowships for real-world impact

Time to get serious about your research career at the University of Adelaide Ten fellowships have been made available across University of Adelaide institutes, to attract and support early-career and mid-career researchers of outstanding research calibre and potential. The Scheme provides research-only fellowships of three years duration. Successful Fellows will be employed within one of …

6

Jul

Optimising the flow

With climate change threatening to double the number of people experiencing water stress globally by 20501, competition for water allocations will become extreme. To maintain equity—and the social and economic stability that comes with it— best practice water markets will be critical; and University of Adelaide research is contributing significantly to improving their governance. The …

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