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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.