Sharks

Healthy sharks sustain healthy oceans

Monday, 24 July 2017

A team from The University of Western Australia has completed a four month research expedition looking for signs of healthy coral reefs in the remote Kimberley. They observed an unexpectedly high number of sharks in the region, suggesting sharks play a key role in regulating the health of coral reefs.

Dolphins

Dolphins follow WA fishing trawlers for food

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New research shows that the offshore dolphin population in the area of the Pilbara Trawl Fishery is smaller than previously thought, and that some dolphins are faithful to following fishing trawlers over days, weeks and years.

Alaska pollock

Ten million tonnes of fish dumped every year

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new joint research by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia.

Coral

High temperatures, not ocean acidification is threatening the growth of coral

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Achilles’ heel of coral growth is high temperatures, not ocean acidification, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The research will be presented tomorrow in Canberra at the Coral Reef Futures Symposium.

Fish around subsea pipeline

Subsea pipelines make fish safe havens

Monday, 12 June 2017

A first-of-its-kind study led by The University of Western Australia into the ecological value of offshore infrastructure has revealed that subsea pipelines in north-west Australia provide safe havens for commercially important fish.

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.

Australia Day underwater speakers a success for RiverLab team

Monday, 24 April 2017

Researchers from UWA’s FutureLab RiverLab team combined science with entertainment on Australia Day in an attempt to explore links between neuroscience and biology.

The team set up a series of underwater speakers at Matilda Bay to allow revellers the chance to listen to music while swimming in the Swan River during Australia Day celebrations.

The music played through 135-Watt Clark Synthesis underwater speakers between the pontoons in Matilda Bay between 3 and 4pm, playing Triple J’s Hottest 100 and other music.

Reef sharks

Declines in sharks drive 'fatter' fish

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) suggests that reef fishes eat differently when sharks are around.

Dr Dirk Zeller

Leading scientist brings expertise to Indian Ocean conservation

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A world-class marine biologist will lead research into ocean conservation in the Indian Ocean region following his professorial appointment at The University of Western Australia.

Coral bleaching

Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off

Friday, 24 March 2017

An international team of researchers, including a scientist from The University of Western Australia, has warned of the devastating consequences for shallow reef ecosystems when global warming combines with local weather anomalies.

Dead staghorn coral Kimberley - Verena Schoepf

Scientists examine widespread impact of bleaching on Australian Reefs

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are part of an international collaboration that has examined the impact of bleaching on coral reefs over the past 20 years and, in particular, the impact of the most severe global bleaching event to ever be recorded in 2016.

Dr Andrew Pomeroy and Simon Jankowski

Fulbright scholars to advance coral reef and groundwater studies

Friday, 10 March 2017

A postgraduate hydrogeology student and a postdoctoral coral reef researcher from The University of Western Australia have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for 2017.

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.

Ruby seadragon

Researchers capture first glimpse of ruby seadragons in the wild

Friday, 13 January 2017

A scientific expedition off the coast of Western Australia led to researchers from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography catching a rare glimpse of the newly discovered ruby seadragon in the wild.

Whale shark

Teenage male whale sharks don't want to leave home

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Australian Institute of Marine Science, (AIMS) and collaborators across the Indian Ocean have completed a huge photo-identification study to assess the seasonal habits of whale sharks in the tropics. They were surprised to discover that the male juveniles didn’t seem to venture too far from home.  

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.