News: conservation

Citizens recruited to unlock the secret lives of echidnas

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and members of the general public have recorded the largest number of echidna sightings across Australia to aid in the conservation of the iconic mammal.

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EchidnaCSI recognised as a top Citizen of Science

EchidnaCSI wins Citizen Science Award for Outstanding Science

The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) has received the Citizen Science Award for Outstanding Science at the inaugural awards for Citizen Science Projects in South Australia.

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Bat souvenir trade & risks to public health

Bat speciman

Little is known about the global bat souvenir trade, its extent and impact on bat populations and forest ecosystems, and the potential risks posed to public health with bats known carriers of zoonotic diseases.

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Echidna conservation science initiative a finalist in Eureka Awards

Echidna with alpacas

The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a finalist in the Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes.

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Echidnas, poop and creepy crawlies

Echidna in the wild

Leading science communicators from the University of Adelaide will join forces with a local echidna ecologist, to share their expertise in echidnas and insects in a free, interactive workshop on Kangaroo Island, as part of National Science Week (14-22 August).

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Video platforms normalise exotic pets

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade.

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Supporting the recovery of Adelaide Hills wildlife

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Wildlife ecologist Dr Jasmin Packer from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, has lent her voice to the long-haul recovery of the habitat devastated by the recent Adelaide Hills bushfire, which is home to endangered species and wildlife. 

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Don’t focus on genetic diversity to save our species

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Scientists at the University of Adelaide have challenged the common assumption that genetic diversity of a species is a key indicator of extinction risk. 

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Esteemed biologist to chair Environment Institute

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Internationally acclaimed conservation biologist, Professor Hugh Possingham, has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. Professor Possingham is currently Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s leading environmental organisations, and is completing his term there in the coming weeks. Professor Bob Hill, Director of the Environment Institute, says it is a major coup to appoint such a highly distinguished global conservation leader to chair its Advisory Board.
 

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