Natural disaster

Embrace the power of "Natural Experiments"

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are urging ecologists to increase the use of large-scale natural and manmade disasters as experiments to help solve the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet. 

Devices recording ocean and atmospheric conditions over a Kimberley reef at high

Rising sea levels could benefit some reef systems

Friday, 19 August 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found rising sea levels can significantly reduce daily water temperature extremes in many reefs worldwide that experience strong tidal conditions. The research was published in the international journal Science Advances.

DNA

Science event brings to life the fascinating world of biology

Friday, 12 August 2016

The weird and wonderful world of biology will be on display at a series of free workshops and events open to the public at The University of Western Australia on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, as part of National Science Week.

Southern Ocean Reef

Kelp forests in the Great Southern Reef wiped out by marine heatwave

Friday, 8 July 2016

A team of marine scientists led by The University of Western Australia have uncovered the extinction of a kelp forest ecosystem along 100 kilometres of Western Australia’s coastline, following a heatwave that occurred in 2011.

Great white shark

Shark Shield proves effective in deterring white sharks

Monday, 4 July 2016

Shark researchers at The University of Western Australia have released the final test results of a study that examined the effectiveness of the Shark ShieldTM shark deterrent.

Sea turtle hatchling

Scientists measure impact of artificial light on sea turtles

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Parks and Wildlife has found new evidence that there is an impact from artificial light on the survival of wild sea turtle hatchlings.

Emily Lester

New scholarship supports research into the role of sharks in reef recovery

Monday, 9 May 2016

A PhD student from The University of Western Australia who has a passion for marine conservation will research the impact of overfishing of sharks on marine ecosystems. 

Crocodile

New look at crocodile eyes

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Macquarie University have discovered that the visual systems in crocodiles are more cleverly designed than previously thought, allowing them to quickly adapt to their environment and facilitating their ‘ambush’ hunting techniques and semi-aquatic lifestyles. 

Coral reef

New coral reef research targets information gap

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A new study by The University of Western Australia aims to bridge the gap in understanding the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs – one of the biggest worldwide threats to their future.

Ryan Lowe and Christophe Gaudin

UWA wins grant to help reduce wave energy costs

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The University of Western Australia has won $1 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to work on the deployment of arrays of wave energy converters.

Oceans Institute fostering closer ties with Indian Ocean neighbours

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Three UWA Oceans Institute members recently returned from Mauritius where they delivered a professional course on the coastal impacts of climate change to university academics and government officials from Mauritius, Rodrigues and Seychelles.

The course, delivered by Professor Ryan Lowe, Andrew Pomeroy and Arnold van Rooijen, focused on how coastal areas are being affected by climate change and the unique coastal challenges small island nations like Mauritius face.

Whale sharks

Where have the largest whale sharks gone?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have raised concerns about the whereabouts of the world’s biggest whale sharks after finding that the largest sharks observed in recent years were smaller than those recorded more than a decade ago.

Mangrove jack

Fish, corals and trees tell common story about climate change

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Research by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and partners from Australian and international institutions has shown that fish, corals and trees in north-west Australia respond to climate change with simultaneous growth patterns.

Adventurer Kate Leeming trains for her Antarctic expedition

Autumn graduations recognise outstanding West Australians

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

An adventurer preparing to tackle the Antarctic by bicycle, WA’s first Government marine research scientist and a former Lotterywest chief are among several distinguished Western Australians whose contributions will be recognised at The University of Western Australia during its autumn series of graduations.

Coral deformity

Ocean acidification causes deformities in young coral skeletons

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Ocean acidification could lead to smaller, more porous and malformed skeletons in young coral by 2100 according to a team of scientists from The University of Western Australia.

Seaweed farms

Seaweed farms an all-you-can-eat salad bar for Rabbitfish

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New research by scientists at The University of Western Australia, has revealed that seaweed farms may have unexpected benefits for coral reef fish.

Marine ecosystem

Urgent changes needed to stem tide of damage to marine ecosystems

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Current approaches to managing marine ecosystems are failing to tackle their alarming degradation, according to an international research team that includes scientists from The University of Western Australia.

Aerial photo of Ningaloo Reef in WA

What can we learn from our most-studied coral reefs?

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), have developed the first maps predicting how many fish species occur together in different areas of the Ningaloo Reef, by analysing data collected from Ningaloo Reef and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Southern Reef

Australia's 'other' reef

Friday, 15 January 2016

Marine biologists from the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute have released a video that gives a poignant glimpse into the marvels of the little-known, economic powerhouse: The Great Southern Reef (GSR).

New monitoring technologies needed to let wildlife off the hook

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The creation of a new generation of major marine reserves will require innovative new monitoring techniques to understand the impact of these reserves on oceanic biodiversity, according to a new study led by The University of Western Australia.