Toilet roll

Tissues, paper towels and wipes can block toilets if flushed

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Waste water engineering researchers from The University of Western Australia have emphasised the importance of only flushing toilet paper down the toilet, instead of using alternatives such as tissues, which could compromise WA’s sewerage infrastructure.

Marine heatwaves

New study reveals hidden impact of marine heatwaves

Monday, 9 March 2020

A new study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia reveals the worst marine heatwave ever recorded off Western Australia was responsible for a massive loss of genetic diversity in underwater forests.

Drought

Experts warn Australia at risk from drought, rising water levels

Friday, 28 February 2020

Leading water and coastal engineering experts from The University of Western Australia warn one of the biggest risks facing Australia is water security, with some regional towns experiencing water shortage to the point where they are unable to respond to bushfires and coastal areas at risk from rising sea levels.  

Dirima Cuthbert

A love for the sea and passion for sustainability lead anthropologist Dirima to the Oceans Institute

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Dirima Cuthbert is an anthropologist with a degree in environmental design. This background gives her a ‘people first’ perspective and while her path through those areas to environmental sustainability and eventually the Oceans Institute may seem unpredictable, it follows a lifelong love of the ocean. 

Inspiring oceans interest and ownership is key for Tina

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

You may have noticed a familiar face on the fifth floor, Tina Zhang from OceanWorks has joined the Oceans Institute’s science communication team!  

Heat stress experiment

High-tech lab goes to sea to find heat resistant corals

Monday, 10 February 2020

Marine scientists are using portable ship-borne aquaria in the search for heat-resistant corals that could survive warming ocean temperatures caused by climate change.

Gwion Gwion rock art figures

Kimberley Gwion Gwion rock art figures dated at 12,000 years

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Archaeologists at The University of Western Australia are part of a national team of researchers that has been able to more accurately date a significant number of the Kimberley’s most remarkable ancient rock art to more than 10,000 years ago.

Dirk Zeller

Recreational fishers targeting more sharks and rays

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A new study by an international team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia, Universidade Federal de Sergipe in Brazil and the University of British Columbia has revealed an increase in the fishing of threatened sharks and rays.

Todd Bond in his favourite environment

When science and industry work together to answer crucial ocean questions

Sunday, 26 January 2020

For Perth born and bred PhD candidate Todd Bond, the ocean has always been a major part of his life. So it’s probably little surprise his thesis is firmly anchored in the sea.

Tallon Island

Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia (Coral CoE at UWA) and the Victoria University of Wellington have found Crustose Coralline Algae, crucial to the survival of coral reefs, may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate change. 

OI team prepare for an expedition of epic proportions

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

While many of us are settling back into the start of the year at work, a team of Oceans Institute researchers are getting ready for a ground-breaking second expedition to the depths of the ocean off Western Australia.

Great Southern Reef

Great Southern Reef recognised internationally for biodiversity

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Australia’s Great Southern Reef has been named Mission Blue’s newest ‘Hope Spot’ – a special place that’s critical to maintaining the health of our oceans – thanks to a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Blue shark

Rezone marine parks to help conserve sharks

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

A lack of habitat protection is hindering our ability to manage the conservation of endangered open-ocean sharks in Australian waters, according to new research by The University of Western Australia.

Kelp shredding tropical fish

Tropical fish shredding kelp forests in temperate zones

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Climate change is causing previously temperate oceans to become more tropical with coral reef fish moving south, settling in and changing how things work in their new temperate neighbourhood, according to a study by The University of Western Australia and international researchers.

Charlotte Birkmanis

The Naked Scientist comes calling for Charlotte

Monday, 18 November 2019

The Ocean Institute’s Charlotte Birkmanis will hone her science communication skills with some of the best in the world, after winning an internship with BBC’s The Naked Scientists.

TO BE DETERMINED

Marine research the winner in collaboration between UWA Oceans Institute and University of Mumbai

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and the Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha School of Integrated Aquatic Education at the University of Mumbai in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote marine research links across the Indian Ocean.

Carly Portch and Justin Geldard

Ocean Youth Leadership Summit in Norway chance to share ideas for Carly and Justin

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Two Ocean Institute PhD candidates, Carly Portch and Justin Geldard, have packed their winter woollies and headed to Norway to attend a prestigious oceans conference targetted at young people.

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.