The world we live in is complex. From the intricate network of relationships that make up our natural environment to the physical, chemical and biological forces that shape it, nothing exists in a vacuum. To manage our natural resources and plan for a sustainable future, we need to understand how these elements interrelate and the science behind them.
Like ecosystems, Flinders University’s science, environment and natural resources research benefits from diversity. It consists of collaborations between a rich and varied range of scientific methods, an interdisciplinary approach that ensures Flinders leaves no stone unturned when it comes to better understanding our world. Some of our areas of research focus include groundwater and water resources, palaentology, climate, marine biology, coasts and oceans, and environmental health.
Smart science is ensuring sustainable agriculture and groundwater supply.
Building a sustainable and resilient tourism industry.
Three Flinders University researchers have been awarded Future Fellowships worth almost $3 million in the Australian Research Council’s first round of 2022.
Healthy sharks are emblematic of a healthy ocean ecology – and detailed shark diet investigations by Dr Lauren Meyer are providing insight about the great risk that microplastics pose to marine life.
Clues to understanding human interactions with global ecosystems already exist. The challenge is to read them more accurately so we can design the best path forward for a world beset by species extinctions and the repercussions of global warming.
“When I look at mudflats, I see an upside-down forest.” It’s an important view that defines ecological insight for Professor Sabine Dittmann, Professor of Marine Biology at Flinders University, whose focus on tidal wetlands is central to the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.
A 375-million-year-old fish fossil is casting new light on our own evolution, and on the complex history of the earliest vertebrates.
Bushfires, droughts, failing crops and rising sea levels – the litany of disasters arising from climate change are all too familiar. But as the contours of challenges ahead become clearer, the implications for national defence and security are also coming into sharper focus.
Waste can be valuable in ways that we don’t yet realise. It just takes a visionary to see it.
Meet the researcher striving to take our hidden marine potential global.
Guidelines created by Flinders hydrogeologists are leading the world in groundwater modelling that could help prevent cities like Cairo or Cape Town from one day running completely dry.
Reconstructing the brains of fossil fish that lived 400 million years ago is offering palaeontologists unprecedented insights into the early evolution of our own brains.
Finding fossils, says internationally renowned palaeontologist Professor John Long, is an art form. And just like prospecting at the edge of a lake, the real skill is knowing how to put yourself in the prime position to strike gold.
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