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Disentangling epigenetics and sex determination

For the first time researchers show how environmental temperature is converted into an epigenetic signal that might control sex determination in reptiles.

The bearded dragon has an exceptional sex determination system. Not only do dragons have sex-chromosomes, but they also exhibit male-to-female sex-reversal when embryos are incubated at high temperatures. A study led by IAE Adjunct Dr Clare Holleley and Ira Deveson, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, on the Australian Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) identified transcriptional signatures


Valuing traditional knowledge in environmental assessments

March 2016: Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater was part of the Australian delegation to a recent meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn, Germany.

A key topic at the meeting was the role of Indigenous and local knowledge on the platform. “A lot of scientists refer to ‘integrating’ Indigenous knowledge with scientific environmental assessments. However, Indigenous and local people do not see their knowledge as something that can be integrated, rather it should be


Professor Peter Bridgewater Landcare’s new chief

IAE Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater has been appointed as Chief of Landcare ACT.

Professor Bridgewater has had an impressive career in the science-policy interface, and is looking forward to being involved at a grass roots level. “The role will be challenging as we establish priorities for the immediate and long term. However, I think it will be equally rewarding,” says Professor Bridgewater. “I love Canberra and its bush landscape, and Landcare ACT will give me an opportunity to contribute my