The Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide brings together research in fields of science, engineering and economics related to the management of natural resources and infrastructure. Research undertaken within the Institute aims to contribute to improvements in the management of natural resources , water, soil, and native flora and fauna , particularly under changing climate and economic conditions. It was launched on the eve of World Environment Day , Thursday 4 June 2009. [1]

The mission of the Environment Institute is to develop the solutions to the problems of bringing together the best people of science, government and the wider community. As of 2014, the Institute consists of five centers, a laboratory and two programs.

Directorship

Professor Bob Hill, Director of the Environment Institute (2015)
Former Director Mike Young (2014)

The inaugural Executive Director of the Environment Institute was economist Mike Young . He was succeeded by Professor Robert „Bob“ Hill in 2013.

Notable scientists

Professor Barry Brook was the inaugural Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at the University of Adelaide. He co-directed the Global Ecology Laboratory with Professor Corey Bradshaw, who was President Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change . Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is the Director of the Marine Biology Program and Director of the Spencer Gulf Research & Development Initiative.

Research centers, laboratories & programs

  • The Australian Center for Ancient DNA (ACAD) undertakes research on the evolution and environmental change through the use of genetic records of animals, plants, and sedimentary remains.
  • The Australian Center for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity investigates the systematics of Australia’s flora and fauna.
  • The Center for Energy Technology is developing technologies to reduce greenhouse gases and polluting emissions from existing energy systems while refining alternative energy sources to reduce the effects of climate change .
  • The Sprigg Geobiology Center seeks to understand how to manage the environment and evolve in response to the environment.
  • The Water Research Center investigates the use of water across three broad themes, climate change, process management and human health.
  • The Global Ecology Laboratory undertakes multidisciplinary research to mitigate carbon emissions and develop adaptive strategies to respond to the future impacts of climate change.
  • The Landscape Futures Program investigates how we can sustainably create vibrant and viable landscapes in the future through environmental management and monitoring.
  • The Marine Biology Program investigates the role of aquatic flora and fauna in the connectivity and ecology of rivers, estuaries , gulfs and open coasts.

Governance

The Environment Institute is governed by a board. As of 2014, its membership includes:

  • Carl Binning – BHP Billiton
  • Mike Brooks – University of Adelaide
  • Pauline Gregg – Telstra
  • Allan Holmes – Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources , Government of South Australia
  • Steve Morton (flesh) – CSIRO

Former board members include:

  • Peter Dowd – University of Adelaide
  • Paul Duldig – University of Adelaide
  • Robert „Bob“ Hill – University of Adelaide

Associated organizations

The University of Adelaide has established a number of Research Institutes including:

  • Robinson Institute in Reproductive Health
  • Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER)
  • Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

Selected publications

  • Shifting trends: long-lived marine vertebrates detecting environmentally mediated regulation using time-series data

McMahon, CR, MN Bester, MA Hindell, BW Brook, and CJA Bradshaw. 2009. Shifting trends: detecting environmentally mediated regulation in long-lived marine vertebrates using time-series data. Oecologia 159: 69-82. 10.1007 / s00442-008-1205-9

  • Hidden support from unpromising data sets strongly unites snakes with anguimorph ‚lizards‘.

Lee, MSY 2009. Hidden support from unpromising data sets strongly unites snakes with anguimorph ‚lizards‘. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1308-1316.

  • Climate Change Enhances the Potential Impact of Infectious Disease and Harvest on Tropical Waterfowl

Traill, LW, CJ Bradshaw, HE Field, and B. Brook. 2009. Climate change enhances the potential impact of infectious diseases and harvesting on tropical waterfowl. Biotropica. 10.1111 / j.1744-7429.2009.00508.x

  • Predicting the timing and magnitude of tropical mosquito population peaks for maximizing control efficiency

Yang, G., Brook BW, and CJA Bradshaw. 2009. Predicting the timing and magnitude of tropical mosquito population peaks for maximizing control efficiency. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 3: e385. 10.1371 / journal.pntd.0000385

  • A meta-analysis of the impact of anthropogenic forest disturbance on Southeast Asia’s biotas

Sodhi, NS, Lee TM, LP Koh, and BW Brook. 2009. A meta-analysis of the impact of anthropogenic forest disturbance on Southeast Asia’s biotas. Biotropica 41: 103-109. 10.1111 / j.1744-7429.2008.00460.x

  • Predicting reproductive success of insect versus bird-pollinated scattered trees in agricultural landscapes

Ottewell, KM, SC Donnellan, AJ Lowe, and DC Paton. 2009. Predicting reproductive success of insect- versus bird-pollinated scattered trees in agricultural landscapes. Biological Conservation 142: 888-898.10.1016 / j.biocon.2008.12.019

  • Dynamics of range margins for metapopulations under climate change

Anderson, BJ, HR Akcakaya, MB Araujo, DA Fordham, E. Martinez-Meyer, W. Thuiller, and BW Brook. 2009. Dynamics of range margins for metapopulations under climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 276: 1415-1420. 10.1098 / rspb.2008.1681

  • Global warming tugs at trophic interactions

Brook, BW 2009. Global warming tugs at trophic interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 1-3. 10.1111 / j.1365-2656.2008.01490.x

  • Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress

Bradshaw, CJA, NS Sodhi, and BW Brook. 2009. Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7: 79-87. 10.1890 / 070193

  • Flooding Policy Makers with Evidence to Save Forests

Bradshaw, CJA, Brook BW, KSH Peh, and NS Sodhi. 2009. Flooding policy makers with evidence to save forests. Amb. 38: 125-126. 10.1579

External links

  • Environment Institute

References

  1. Jump up^ „Environment Institute Launch | Environment Institute“ . www.adelaide.edu.au . Retrieved 2015-08-24 .