November 2012

  • 29 November 2012

    Biodiversity Blooming in the Outback

    Fresh back from a two-week stint in the State's North West, our scientists are in awe at the level of biodiversity at an "ecosystem crossroads" in the Gawler Ranges.

    Ten of our researchers camped at Hiltaba – a 77,355 hectare property owned by the Nature Foundation – as part of a Bush Blitz program oraganised by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), Earthwatch and BHP Billiton.

  • 22 November 2012

    Museum Awarded Millions in Grant Funding

    Visiting the South Australian Museum offers the chance to see the jewels of other worlds: from artefacts of Ancient Egypt and the Pacific Islands, to bones and shining metals from under the earth and the colourful life of our deep oceans. What many visitors may not realise is that behind every collection is an impressive body of growing research in the Science Centre behind the Museum.

    Our staff members dedicate their lives to documenting the natural and cultural worlds and to helping the public understand them.

    The latest round of annual research grants reflects the outstanding performance of our scientists, particularly in comparison to Museum counterparts around Australia. These exciting projects will throw light on some of the most important questions facing scientists today.

  • 13 November 2012

    Caring for Giants of the Deep

    The South Australian Museum's marine mammals team will study parts of a Minke Whale that has washed up at Ceduna on the State's West Coast.

    Locals spotted the four-metre long whale at the weekend and contacted the Museum and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

    Museum zoologist Dr Catherine Kemper says it's the first Minke Whale to wash up on South Australian shores since 1998.

    "This will have enormous scientific value. We haven't had a specimen in 14 years and we will be able to determine which species of Minke Whale it is. Our studies help to define whale behaviour and often lead agencies to develop management plans."

  • 08 November 2012

    Blitz in the Bush for New Species

    A team of South Australian Museum experts will head to the Gawler Ranges this weekend to scour the land for new species in Hiltaba in the State's northwest.

    Bush Blitz is a project designed to document the plants and animals across Australia's National Reserve system and is a partnership between the Australian Government, Earthwatch Australia and BHP Billiton. The project has increased the numbers of new species discovered and described by Museum's scientists. The field trip to Hiltaba is the 16th Bush Blitz expedition since the program began in 2010.

    From this Sunday, our team will work in the field with researchers from other institutions as well as local Aboriginal rangers, traditional owners and BHP Billiton employees.

    The rocky terrain of the Gawler Ranges, 55 km north of the town of Wudinna, is home to more than 162 species of fauna and 976 of flora.

  • 01 November 2012

    Bug Talks

    The South Australian Museum, in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil, aims to get children away from the television and back into the nature to reconnect with the amazing life of the world around them.

    The Museum has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to ignite our passion for bugs, in the lead up to Cirque du Soleil's new production, OVO (Adelaide season 6 December– 6 January), which immerses audiences in the colourful and energetic world of insects.

    Every Saturday and Sunday in November, experts from the Museum's Information Centre will hold a series of talks aimed at educating and thrilling audience members about what they share their environment with. Participants have the opportunity to bring in specimens to have them identified. They may also go in the draw to win tickets to the circus.