News: School of Biological Sciences

Scientists using online tools to track illegal wildlife

Phill Cassey at the CENTRE FOR INVASIVE SPECIES SOLUTIONS innovation showcase

University of Adelaide researchers are using new surveillance tools to identify the illegal trade of exotic animals and plants.

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Off the chart: Spatial scientists celebrate research awards

PhD Candidate Angus Retallack, Prof. Megan Lewis, Dr Ken Clarke, and Dr W. Boone Law with APSEA awards

Top honours for innovative and collaborative research by two of University of Adelaide’s leading spatial scientists.

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Don’t focus on genetic diversity to save our species

Once found throughout the semi-arid range country in South Australia, New South Wales and south-west Queensland, the yellow-footed rock wallaby is now endangered in Queensland and NSW and vulnerable in SA. Image by Philip Barrington from Pixabay.

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

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Uni of Adelaide experts recognised for science excellence

SA Science Awards - Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

University of Adelaide scientists recognised at the SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards.

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High CO2 to slow tropical fish move to cooler waters

Moorish idol - a coral reef species extending its ranges into temperate Australia under climate change. Image credit: Ericka Coni

Ocean acidification predicted under continuing high CO2 emissions may make cooler, temperate waters less welcoming to tropical fish.

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Science awards celebrate academic, student and staff success

Science awards 2020 Linda Armbrecht

The recent Faculty of Sciences’ awards showcase celebrated research, teaching, leadership, professional staff and student success.

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Fish have bigger sex organs and more reproductive success in acidic oceans

The common triplefin

Some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future.

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Ancient DNA research reveals evolutionary secrets of Game of Thrones dire wolves

Artwork credit: Mauricio Antón/Nature. Caption: Somewhere in Southwestern North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves (Canis dirus) are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves (Canis lupus) approach in the hopes of scavenging. One of the dire wolves rushes in to confront the grey wolves, and their confrontation allows a comparison of the bigger, larger-headed and reddish-brown dire wolf with its smaller, grey relative.

University of Adelaide scientists have sequenced the ancient DNA of dire wolf fossils for the first time and uncovered new secrets of the animal made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones.

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