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UWA ranked among world's best universities

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The University of Western Australia has risen to become one of the world’s top 100 universities in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater Installation

Professor Dawn Freshwater installed as UWA Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been formally installed as the 18th Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Chris Fry celebrates Pi Day

A piece of Pi

Friday, 17 March 2017

Maths buffs around the world celebrated Pi Day on Tuesday, March 14th. The Greek letter Pi “π” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past the decimal point. As an irrational number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to calculate more and more digits.

Creating a new oyster reef

Bringing Oyster Reefs Back to Oyster Harbour Project: Stage II receives $150,000 boost from the RFIF

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Project

In a Western Australian first, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Recfishwest, University of Western Australia and South Coast Natural Resource Management to restore native oyster reefs to Oyster Harbour in Albany, WA.

Researchers inspect the Inikea restoration project in Malaysian jungle

Borneo jungle becomes test lab for studying link between forest restoration and human health

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Western Australian ecologist is part of a world-first study into how restoring degraded rainforest affects human health.

University of Western Australia Albany research scientist Peter Speldewinde has holidayed in Sabah, a Malaysian state in northern Borneo, for 16 years.

Until last year, he had no idea a pilot revegetation program in a local jungle offered a dream opportunity to investigate how forest restoration impacted people's health.

Oyster reef in Oyster Harbour Albany

Promising progress for pilot shellfish reef restoration program

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

A Western Australian first trial to return oysters to an Albany estuary is exceeding scientists’ expectations, a year into the ambitious project.

The Nature Conservancy Australia (TNCA) expanded their Australian first pilot shellfish reef restoration program in Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne, to Albany’s Oyster Harbour in September last year.

Oysters were once abundant in the estuary, which was named by British explorer George Vancouver after his ship ran aground on an oyster reef in 1791.

Plastic remnants common sight on our local beaches. Photo: Walpole Weekly

Plastics under the microscope

Friday, 12 August 2016

UWA Albany researcher Dr Harriet Paterson has been conducting research into the impact of plastics on the coastal environment. Dr Paterson visited Walpole, Esperance, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay i recently to collect samples of beach sand to analyse the quantity of micro-plastics in the samples and determine where plastics become concentrated on beaches. 

Middleton Beach shark net

Bristol students study Great Southern ecology

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Seven postgraduate students from Bristol University in the United Kingdom are spending 10 weeks working with UWA Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the ecology unique to the Great Southern.

The students are completing a Master of Science degree majoring in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation and have chosen to do research projects with the University of Western Australia as part of their studies.

Colloquium on biodiversity

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

 

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The Great Southern International Colloquia on Biodiversity aim to provide a forum for leading scientists, practitioners and the public to share and advance knowledge in biodiversity science, management and cultural appreciation.

Out of the ashes - new plant discovered near Northcliffe

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The large wildfire that engulfed extensive areas of forest, damp plains and scattered granite outcrops in the Northcliffe area in February this year has yielded an unexpected gift – a species of plant completely new to science. The species is a Haemodorum or blood root, a group of bulbous herbs with about 30 species distributed across well-watered parts of Australia, one extending into southern Papua.

A Good Night's Sleep

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Professor Peter Eastwood from the Centre for Sleep Science at the University of Western Australia spoke to a full house of enthusiastic community members at the UWA Albany public lecture on November 24th.

Professor Eastwood discussed the causes of sleep apnoea and its current treatments. He also talked about the causes of sleep apnoea, and in particular the importance of the structure of the face, head and neck.

A spotted minnow

Endangered freshwater fish under the microscope

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Researchers from the University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM), Murdoch University and the Department of Fisheries have just completed one of the largest research projects on endangered freshwater fish in south-western Australia.

The three-year project provides exciting new information on the distribution and ecology of three of the region’s most endangered freshwater fish – the Western Trout Minnow, Balston’s Pygmy Perch and Little Pygmy Perch.

Adam Lillicrap tests Lake Gore soil

Agricultural practices unknowingly cause poisoning of lake catchment

Monday, 14 September 2015

Agricultural clearing and drains installed by farmers to lower water tables and manage salinity are inadvertently impacting waterways in one of the largest and most botanically significant regions in Australia, according to new research from The University of Western Australia.

Fish Tracking Study to Help Canning River Management

Thursday, 13 August 2015

A new project is underway that will monitor the movement and habitat use of south-western Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Freshwater Cobbler.

Dr Neil Pettit's research will help agriculture

Research a boost for agriculture

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The journal ‘Ecology and Society’ has published recent findings by researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management that will help the agricultural industry develop sustainable land management strategies.

Leading the research was Dr Neil Pettit who believes that the speed of environmental change is perhaps the greatest challenge for natural resource management.

Dr Peter Speldewinde talks about science on ABC Great Southern radio

CENRM talks science on ABC radio

Thursday, 6 August 2015

CENRM and UWA Albany has launched a fortnightly segment on ABC Great Southern Radio. CENRM researcher Dr Peter Speldewinde and ABC presenter Donna Dabala will talk about a variety scientific research being undertaken in the Great Southern Region, and further afield from across Australia and internationally. Topics of discussion will include interesting facts about some of the regions plants, animals and landscapes.

Western Pygmy Possum on Banksia, Torndirrup National Park. Photo S.D. Hopper

UWA Albany research students investigate nectar-feeding possums

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

An Australian Research Council Discovery grant has enabled the first of a series of honours and postgraduate studies on two of Southwest Australia’s most endearing marsupials – the Honey Possum and the Western Pygmy Possum.

Dr Peter Speldewinde measures a honey possum

Saving endangered species

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Over 80 students from the University of Western Australia travelled from Perth to join UWA Albany students for a week of intensive learning from 26th – 31st  January.

The unit ‘Saving Endangered Species’ involved a 7-day fieldwork component in Albany prior to the start of Semester 1.  

Albany’s location in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots provided an ideal learning environment for an introduction to the conservation and management of threatened species.

New ecotourism degree at UWA Albany

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A surge in interest in nature-based tourism has led The University of Western Australia to develop a Master of Ecotourism degree.  Unique to UWA Albany, it will be the only postgraduate course of its kind available in Western Australia.