Science

UWA finalists at Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The University of Western Australia congratulates seven of its academics who are among 13 finalists announced at the Premier’s Science Awards.

Shark

Shark deterrent research reveals interesting results

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia have released the results of their WA State Government-funded research into the effectiveness of a range of novel and commercial shark deterrents.

Kelp forests impacted when underwater worlds collide

Friday, 5 June 2015

Tropical and temperate species have evolved separate from one another in different ecosystems, but researchers are now discovering what happens when climate-driven changes break down these long-standing geographic barriers.

Seaweed-eating tropical fishes are moving down the Australian coastlines and increasing in abundance on temperate reefs, where lush kelp forests normally prevail.

Diver examining kelp

Kelps work together to survive in a stressful world

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Scientists have discovered the key for large marine seaweeds to alleviate environmental stress. The answer to a healthy kelp life is to support one another in dense underwater forests, overcoming stressful surrounding marine environments.

Deep sea corals at Scott Reef

Reel life after dark

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A month-long expedition is underway to Scott Reef and submerged shoals offshore of the Kimberley coast on board the US-based Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor, The research brings together staff and students from The University of Western Australia, The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Stanford University, and Griffith University.

Dr Ryan Kempster wit5h Port Jackson shark

UWA shark researchers enlist the help of the public as citizen scientists

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia are asking for the public's help to identify and record shark sightings from around the world, using their new Citizen Science project, SharkBase (www.shark-base.org).

GoPros underwater research tools of the future

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

An international team, including researchers from the Centre for Marine Futures at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute, recently completed a study which has found GoPros to be a cheaper and easy to use camera for underwater videography, compared to more traditional cameras.

An autoclave

Study to aid rapid clean-ups after disastrous offshore oil and gas leaks

Friday, 27 March 2015

One of the first experimental investigations to simulate the high-pressure formation of oil droplets during deepwater blowouts has attracted the attention of the prestigious journal Chemical Engineering Science

Groundwater image

Oceans’ nutrient levels topped up by groundwater

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Groundwater entering the Mediterranean Sea could be 15 times greater than water entering the sea from rivers according to new research.

Co-authored by Professor Pere Masque, visiting Professor at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute, the research has important implications for future marine studies of the world’s oceans.

Falkor

Deep-sea secrets of the cryptic Perth Canyon unveiled

Friday, 13 March 2015

Scientists have just completed a successful two-week mission unlocking the secrets of Perth Canyon, a deep ocean gorge the size of the USA’s Grand Canyon. During this time, they discovered unusual deep-sea communities as well as an autonomous ocean glider that was lost for two years.

Depth of plastic pollution in oceans revealed

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Wind and waves can mix buoyant ocean plastics throughout the water column, but most of their mass remains at the sea surface, according to research led by The University of Western Australia.

 Schmidt Ocean Institute's Research Vessel, R/V Falkor

Deep sea expedition into the unexplored Perth canyon abyss

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A group of acclaimed scientists from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute will go where few others have gone before when they set out to unlock the secrets of a deep ocean canyon off Perth the size of the USA's Grand Canyon.

Photo by Gary A. Kendrick

Seagrass loss linked to greenhouse gas emissions

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

An international team of researchers has found that the disappearance of seagrass meadows could be contributing to the release of carbon dioxide which has been stored for centuries.

Centrifuge development has geotechs in a spin

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The University of Western Australia is one step closer to establishing the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, the only facility in the world operating three centrifuges on a daily basis.

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to survive bleaching episodes and which won't. 

US research vessel, the Roger Revelle

Skyscraper-high undersea waves under the microscope

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Everyone has seen TV footage of surfers taking their lives into their hands in massive surf at Margaret River or Oahu in Hawaii, where waves can tower to six metres and produce solid walls of water and long pipelines.

Pacific Fishing

Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Traditional conservation measures, such as local ‘Tabus' - areas periodically closed to fishing - have typically been the sole approach to fisheries management in the tropical western Pacific.  A team of international experts is meeting in Albany this week to find out how effective these areas actually are in providing communities with long-term food security.

Professor Carlos Duarte

UWA Oceans Institute farewells influential Director

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The UWA Oceans Institute farewelled its Director, Professor Carlos Duarte, on his departure from the University, following four years of exemplary service.

(Left) Paul Johnson, Mark Randolph, Phil Watson and Mark Cassidy

Mark Randolph appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Western Australian Scientist of the Year for 2013, Professor Mark Randolph, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Tool kit for ocean health

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The ocean is undergoing global changes at a remarkable pace and we must change with it to attain our best possible future ocean, warns the head of The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.