Fishing nets

Study finds modern slavery promotes overfishing

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Labour abuses including modern slavery are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, according to new research from The University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia.

Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops

Friday, 19 October 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.

Female guppy fish choose sperm from preferred males

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that female guppy fish are highly selective when it comes to choosing the father of their babies.

Mark Holdsworth

Awards and achievements - September 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.

Common kelp

Great Southern Reef to lose huge seaweed habitat to ocean warming

Monday, 1 October 2018

Research into the future of Australia’s “other reef” – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.

Dolphin's overhead

Dolphins understand their partner's role in cooperative tasks

Thursday, 20 September 2018

A new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the United States-based Dolphin Research Center shows that bottlenose dolphins not only cooperate with each other, but can do so with precise behavioural coordination never before demonstrated in nonhuman animals.

Mountain gorilla

Why mountain gorillas take risks to raid eucalyptus plantations

Thursday, 20 September 2018

New research by scientists at The University of Western Australia has solved the mystery of why critically endangered mountain gorillas go to extremes to raid eucalyptus plantations.

White snub-nosed monkey in Yunan

New research warns of primate extinction in China

Monday, 17 September 2018

Up to 80 per cent of China’s primate species are at risk of extinction according to a new study by a group of international primatologists including The University of Western Australia.

David Blair

Awards and Achievements – August 2018

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of any great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

A bicinctus (G Rusconi)

Study finds Nemo's bright colours protect it from predators

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The colourful stripes of coral reef-dwelling clownfish may serve to warn predators about their poisonous anemone hosts, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia.

Mouse penis

Study finds shape not size matters in male mice

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Male mice exposed to other male competitors have thicker penis bones according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Chromodoris colemani_WA mimic_J Arnold

Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered

Thursday, 5 April 2018

A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.

Dr Benjamin Ashton

Magpies are no bird brains

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A study by The University of Western Australia and the University of Exeter in England have tested the cognitive abilities of magpies and found their learning ability and memory is significantly advanced.

Chimpanzee in Rwanda

Chimps could hold key to good gut health

Friday, 13 October 2017

The gut health of our closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, will be examined in a study by The University of Western Australia.

Geckos and skinks

Geckos and skinks back from the brink

Friday, 30 June 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are supporting a new project to trial the release of critically endangered blue-tailed skinks into a wild enclosure.

Reef shark and fusileers

Big marine parks needed to protect sharks

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Marine reserves that protect the entire reef ecosystem are more likely to sustain healthy shark populations than single species ‘shark sanctuaries’ or zoned schemes that only fully protect a few reefs within an area, according to an international study led by The University of Western Australia.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Pheromones

Do pheromones exist in humans?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study to test if the chemicals androstadienone (AND) and estratetraenol (EST) (commonly thought to be pheromones in humans) are pheromones and have found no evidence that they are.

Dr Shanta Barley

New study finds overfishing of sharks may have already impacted our coral reefs

Thursday, 23 February 2017

A study by marine biologists at The University of Western Australia has found that fishing by Indonesian shark hunters may have resulted in changes to fish communities on a major reef off Western Australia’s North-West coast.

Honey bees

Bees give up searching for food when we degrade their land

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A new study into honey bees has revealed the significant effect human impact has on a bee’s metabolism, and ultimately its survival.