Dr Renée C. Firman

Females fight back in sperm wars

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Females exposed to a risk of sperm competition have been found to produce more defensive ova compared to the eggs of females reared under no risk of sperm competition, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia who studied house mice.

Stingray by Ryan Kempster

Knowledge of stingrays' sparked-up sex may help deter sharks

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Sexual attraction of the electric sort happens when stingrays meet, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute - and the finding may help prevent shark attacks on humans.

Bee keepers at work

New grants are the bees knees for one-third of what we eat

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A leading international bee expert who has teamed with local beekeepers and experts has been awarded nearly $600,000 to help combat a global decline in bee health that threatens world food production.

ABBC 2012 State finalists touring UWA facilities

Busy Brain Bees prepare for challenge

Monday, 17 June 2013

More than 60 outstanding Year 10 students from WA are preparing for the competition of their young lives after winning a place in the WA State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) at The University of Western Australia next week.

Male giant panda, Yang Guang.  Photo:  Edinburgh Zoo

Anxious wait for giant panda pregnancy

Thursday, 23 May 2013

An animal biologist from The University of Western Australia is among a large team of international researchers biting their fingernails as they wait to learn whether their bid to impregnate a rare giant panda in Scotland has paid off.

Researchers tag Palau reef sharks (Image: Peter Verhoog).

Sharks dive deep on moonlit nights

Monday, 15 April 2013

The Moon, water temperature and even time of day affect the diving behaviour of sharks, according to new research at The University of Western Australia.

Rock lobster

Larvae study reveals secrets of rock lobster development

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Researchers have made some significant breakthroughs in understanding the early growth and survival of Australia's most valuable single-species fishery, the western rock lobster.

Lantern fish

Is eye size related to genetics or environment?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Queensland and the Australian Museum are trying to understand how fish see at depths.

Gareth Chavand examines a brain

Brainy fun for curious kids

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Children and adults can have fun with and learn to understand brains at Scitech this weekend (March 16-17) through a range of activities and displays with neuroscientists from the University of Western Australia for Brain Awareness Week.

Winthrop Professor David Hunt

Colour vision link may help myopia research

Friday, 1 March 2013

A possible link between colour vision and the development of myopia - or near-sightedness - has been discovered by an international group, including a researcher from The University of Western Australia.

Male mandarin dogfish shark – picture Ryan Kempster

Mystery sharks off Rottnest shed new light on species

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters is set to re-write scientists' understanding of the species.

Carnaby cockatoos - photo by Roger Groom

'Sleeping around' to be studied for science

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Animal biologist Christine Groom has become a ‘private investigator' as her research into Carnaby's cockatoos leads her to study their sleeping habits.

Carbon cluster map

$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potential

Friday, 22 February 2013

Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.

Tiger shark

UWA gets green light for major shark research

Friday, 7 December 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia today welcomed the Western Australian Government's decision to allocate $646,000 over two years to fund three major studies into shark detection and deterrents.