Environment Institute University of Adelaide

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Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide
Abbreviation EI
Motto Where Ideas Grow
Formation 2009
Headquarters Adelaide, Australia
Region served
Official language
Executive Director
Robert "Bob" Hill
A$10 million (2009)
Website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/environment

The Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide brings together research groups in fields of science, engineering and economics relating to the management and use of natural resources and infrastructure. Research undertaken within the Institute aims to contribute to improvements in the management of natural resources including water, soil, land 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 practical solutions to difficult problems by bringing together the best people from science, government and the wider community. As of 2014, the Institute consists of five centres, a laboratory and two programs.


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

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 succeeded him as 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 centres, laboratories & programs[edit]

  • The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) undertakes research on the evolution and environmental change across time through the use of preserved genetic records from human, animal, plant and sedimentary remains.
  • The Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity investigates the systematics of Australia's flora and fauna.
  • The Centre for Energy Technology develops technologies to reduce greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions from existing energy systems while refining alternative energy sources to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • The Sprigg Geobiology Centre seeks to understand how organisms both alter and evolve in response to the environment and how they control geologic processes.
  • The Water Research Centre investigates the use of water across three broad themes namely, 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 anticipated impacts of climate change.
  • The Landscape Futures Program investigates how we can sustainably create vibrant and viable landscapes into the future through sound 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.


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

Former board members include:

  • Peter Dowd - University of Adelaide
  • Paul Duldig - University of Adelaide
  • Robert "Bob" Hill - University of Adelaide

Associated organisations[edit]

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

Selected publications[edit]

McMahon, C. R., M. N. Bester, M. A. Hindell, B. W. Brook, and C. J. A. 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

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

Traill, L. W., C. J. Bradshaw, H. E. Field, and B. Brook. 2009. Climate change enhances the potential impact of infectious disease and harvest on tropical waterfowl. Biotropica. 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2009.00508.x

Yang, G., B. W. Brook, and C. J. A. 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

Sodhi, N. S., T. M. Lee, L. P. Koh, and B. W. 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

Ottewell, K. M., S. C. Donnellan, A. J. Lowe, and D. C. 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

Anderson, B. J., H. R. Akcakaya, M. B. Araujo, D. A. Fordham, E. Martinez-Meyer, W. Thuiller, and B. W. 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

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

Bradshaw, C. J. A., N. S. Sodhi, and B. W. Brook. 2009. Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7:79-87. 10.1890/070193

Bradshaw, C. J. A., B. W. Brook, K. S. H. Peh, and N. S. Sodhi. 2009. Flooding policy makers with evidence to save forests. Ambio 38:125-126. 10.1579

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Environment Institute Launch | Environment Institute". www.adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 2015-08-24.