Ocean plastic

Andrew Forrest calls for plastic waste to become a cashable commodity

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Business leader, philanthropist and UWA PhD candidate Andrew Forrest has called for a voluntary contribution on fossil fuel-derived plastic, in a bid to stop up to eight million tons of plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans each year.

Coral samples in tanks of water

Super corals adapt well to cold but struggle with warming oceans

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Super corals from extreme reefs can acclimatise to temperatures much lower than their natural environment but struggle to cope with their home reefs becoming hotter due to climate change, according to a global research team led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia.

The Barrow Island meeting centre archaeological display

Sharing archaeological insights with Barrow Island's workforce

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Fly-in, fly-out workers on Barrow Island are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about the remarkable history of their workplace thanks to a collaboration between Chevron Australia and The University of Western Australia.

Red emperor fish crowding around a bait bag

Rare pictures uncover diverse marine life at Ningaloo Reef

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have collected rare imagery revealing rich marine biodiversity at Ningaloo Reef, after deploying baited underwater cameras to analyse various fish species.

2019 Robson and Robertson Award winners

Oceans Institute announces 2019 Robson and Robertson Award recipients

Friday, 30 August 2019

Thirteen talented young marine students from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute today received a major boost to support their doctorate research.

Drysdale River catchment

New site reveals 50,000 years of Aboriginal occupation in Kimberley

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A team of archaeologists led by The University of Western Australia, in partnership with Traditional Owners, has discovered that the remote Drysdale River catchment in Western Australia’s northern Kimberley region has one of the earliest and securely dated sites for Aboriginal occupation in the North West at 50,000 years ago.

Fellowship recipients

Early career researchers awarded science PhD Fellowships

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Seven early career researchers from The University of Western Australia are among 13 recipients to receive prestigious Western Australian Government Science Industry PhD Fellowships.

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

How ecology and seagrass drove a change in focus for hydraulics engineer Maryam

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

As an expert in hydraulics and environmental fluid mechanics, Dr Maryam Abdolahpour could have expected to spend time in oceans research, but she probably never imagined the role of seagrass would play in her career.

Dr Alan Jamieson

Reaching the deepest points in each of the Earth’s five oceans

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Dr Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University in the UK, didn’t set out to be a deep-sea biologist, an adventurer, or even a marine biologist. 

Naomi Longa

Art and science combine to spread coral reef conservation message

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

It might be more than 4,500kms from the world-renowned diving hotspot of Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea to UWA in Perth, but for Melanesian marine biologist Naomi Longa it was a journey well worth making.

Two researchers collecting coral samples at the bottom of Ningaloo Reef

Research aims to preserve the future of Ningaloo Reef corals

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are a step closer to discovering more about the health of our oceans after analysing how coral in Ningaloo Reef formed.

Shark

Industrial fishing poses threat to sharks

Friday, 26 July 2019

An international team of more than 150 scientists from 26 countries including Dr Ana Sequeira from The University of Western Australia Oceans Institute have found even the most remote parts of the ocean offer sharks little protection from industrialised fishing fleets.

Jock Clough

UWA Oceans Institute announces new External Advisory Board

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

A new External Advisory Board for The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute has been announced today which includes four new directors who will join current directors Mr Jock Clough and Dr Larry Madin.

Seahorse

Funding boost for IMOS infrastructure in Western Australia

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Marine and climate researchers in Western Australia are set to benefit from new funding provided by the Government of Western Australia.

Marie-Lise Schlappy and Professor Simon Biggs

Aspiring to greater things

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Oceans Institute’s Dr Marie-Lise Schläppy is already looking forward to 2020, after winning an Aspire Award for Professional Development.

Dr Andy Lewis and Naomi Longa

Conservation, coral and art - an exhibition not to miss

Friday, 19 July 2019

Antoni Gaudi said ‘Nothing is art if it does not come from nature’. 

Peter Veth, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Peter Whish-Wilson

AMSA 2019 hailed a major success

Friday, 12 July 2019

Fifty UWA Oceans Institute members have participated in AMSA’s landmark Marine Science for a Blue Economy conference in Fremantle this week.

Ana Sequeira

Martial arts and global marine megafauna movements? All in a day’s work for Ana

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Dr Ana Sequeira had always dreamed of working in marine science but it was completing an internship at Lisbon’s Oceanarium in her home country Portugal that cemented her ambition.

Johanna Zimmerhackel

How a passion for sharks led to a study in economics

Friday, 5 July 2019

Johanna Zimmerhackel has always had a passion for sharks but as a marine biologist, she probably never imagined she’d delve quite so deeply into economics.

OI beach clean up team

OI beach clean crew tackle polystyrene spill

Thursday, 4 July 2019

A UWA Oceans Institute team got a little more than they bargained for during a clean-up on Cottesloe Beach to kick off Plastic Free July last weekend.