Science Matters is the Faculty of Science's Newsroom

We hope that through this medium alumni, staff, students and supporters will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty Science at UWA.

These are exciting times for the Faculty of Science and we hope you will be able to share in this excitement and that you will be able to follow where we go over the next few years.

Professor Tony O'Donnell, Dean

Cyclone

UWA technology deployed to monitor Tropical Cyclone Veronica

Friday, 22 March 2019

In a Western Australian first, new technology from The University of Western Australia has been deployed to measure the impact of Tropical Cyclone Veronica on ocean waves and the WA coastline.

Spiral Galaxy

Volunteers needed to help unlock the secrets of the Universe

Friday, 22 March 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are in need of volunteers to help with one of the biggest astronomy projects of the next ten years.

Shark deterrent research

Research finds some shark deterrents don't work as well

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Shark researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that one of the personal shark deterrents commercially available in WA is not effective in deterring sharks.

Extinct bee

'Extinct' bee found on the outskirts of Perth

Friday, 8 March 2019

A native bee species believed to be extinct has been found during a survey of insect pollinators in a remnant of banksia woodland at Pinjar in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Slate pencil urchin

Study warns marine heatwaves causing massive destruction

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia reveals the massive damage marine heatwaves are causing to the marine environment wherever they occur.

Dr Thiha Thaw and Dr Ngyein Min Zaw

UWA to host international researchers as part of a United Nations training program

Friday, 1 March 2019

The University of Western Australia is hosting three international researchers, two from Myanmar and one from the Philippines, in partnership with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Jacqui Batley

Plant scientist awarded Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science

Thursday, 28 February 2019

A plant scientist from The University of Western Australia who made significant breakthroughs in disease resistance in the oilseed crop canola has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Female snub-nosed monkey nursing two babies

Female golden snub-nosed monkeys share nursing of young

Thursday, 21 February 2019

An international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia and China’s Central South University of Forestry and Technology has discovered that female golden snub-nosed monkeys in China are happy to feed other monkeys’ offspring.

Termites

Termites help reduce the impact of drought on tropical rainforests

Friday, 11 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Malaysia, Sabah, have discovered termites play a critical role in helping tropical rainforest plants survive drought.

PhD program signing ceremony

New joint PhD program with Nagoya University

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

On Monday 3 December 2018, a new joint PhD degree program in Agriculture and related disciplines was officially launched between The University of Western Australia and Nagoya University, Japan.

WA research to help farmers make more informed decisions

WA research to help farmers make more informed decisions

Monday, 12 November 2018

A new partnership involving UWA will see vast amounts of WA agricultural data collected and analysed, at an unprecedented scale, to help farmers make more informed decisions.

Dr Harriet Paterson with nurdles

Volunteers needed to collect plastic pellets from South Coast

Friday, 26 October 2018

The University of Western Australia’s Albany Campus is seeking volunteers to collect tiny plastic pellets, known as ‘nurdles’, which have washed up on the South Coast after a massive spill off the South African coast in October last year.

Dr Crystal LaFlamme and Associate Professor Marco Fiorentini

Life cycle of sulphur predicts location of valuable minerals

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and two Canadian universities has applied a first-of-its-kind technique that measures the long-term life cycle of sulphur, helping to explain the preferential location of high-value mineral deposits at the edges of ancient continents.

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.

Vaccination image

Study compares mandatory vaccination across five countries

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A study led by The University of Western Australia has compared different mandatory vaccination policies across five countries – Australia, France, Germany, Italy, and the US (the states of California and Washington) – to better understand the conditions informing the adoption of the policies and how they motivate people to vaccinate.

Researcher Dr Jessica Terrill

UWA awarded $490,000 to research muscular dystrophy drug

Friday, 12 October 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded $490,000 by Duchenne UK to investigate the use of an amino acid commonly used in energy drinks as a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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.

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.

Twins needed for study

Can you judge a book by its cover: twins needed for study

Monday, 3 September 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are recruiting twins for a study to determine whether genetics play a part in trusting someone based on first impressions.