Groundwater image

Oceans’ nutrient levels topped up by groundwater

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Groundwater entering the Mediterranean Sea could be 15 times greater than water entering the sea from rivers according to new research.

Co-authored by Professor Pere Masque, visiting Professor at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute, the research has important implications for future marine studies of the world’s oceans.


Deep-sea secrets of the cryptic Perth Canyon unveiled

Friday, 13 March 2015

Scientists have just completed a successful two-week mission unlocking the secrets of Perth Canyon, a deep ocean gorge the size of the USA’s Grand Canyon. During this time, they discovered unusual deep-sea communities as well as an autonomous ocean glider that was lost for two years.

Depth of plastic pollution in oceans revealed

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Wind and waves can mix buoyant ocean plastics throughout the water column, but most of their mass remains at the sea surface, according to research led by The University of Western Australia.

 Schmidt Ocean Institute's Research Vessel, R/V Falkor

Deep sea expedition into the unexplored Perth canyon abyss

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A group of acclaimed scientists from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute will go where few others have gone before when they set out to unlock the secrets of a deep ocean canyon off Perth the size of the USA's Grand Canyon.

Photo by Gary A. Kendrick

Seagrass loss linked to greenhouse gas emissions

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

An international team of researchers has found that the disappearance of seagrass meadows could be contributing to the release of carbon dioxide which has been stored for centuries.

Centrifuge development has geotechs in a spin

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The University of Western Australia is one step closer to establishing the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, the only facility in the world operating three centrifuges on a daily basis.

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to survive bleaching episodes and which won't. 

US research vessel, the Roger Revelle

Skyscraper-high undersea waves under the microscope

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Everyone has seen TV footage of surfers taking their lives into their hands in massive surf at Margaret River or Oahu in Hawaii, where waves can tower to six metres and produce solid walls of water and long pipelines.

Pacific Fishing

Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Traditional conservation measures, such as local ‘Tabus' - areas periodically closed to fishing - have typically been the sole approach to fisheries management in the tropical western Pacific.  A team of international experts is meeting in Albany this week to find out how effective these areas actually are in providing communities with long-term food security.

Professor Carlos Duarte

UWA Oceans Institute farewells influential Director

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The UWA Oceans Institute farewelled its Director, Professor Carlos Duarte, on his departure from the University, following four years of exemplary service.

(Left) Paul Johnson, Mark Randolph, Phil Watson and Mark Cassidy

Mark Randolph appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Western Australian Scientist of the Year for 2013, Professor Mark Randolph, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS).

Tool kit for ocean health

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The ocean is undergoing global changes at a remarkable pace and we must change with it to attain our best possible future ocean, warns the head of The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.

Harlequin Fish

Keeping watch over our seas

Friday, 21 November 2014

Vast areas of Australia's oceans are being better monitored and understood thanks to an observing system which is being launched today to operate from The University of Western Australia.

Early sea urchin embryos

Female sea urchins hedge their bets in the mating game

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Sleeping around pays off for females, according to an international team of evolutionary biologists.

Techniques for analysing smart phone data may help understand marine species

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Over the past 30 years, satellite tracking has revealed the otherwise invisible lives of the animals that occupy the skies, forests and oceans - and now scientists hope to apply the latest techniques used to understand how humans move, to learn even more about the migrations of the biggest marine animals.

Sumatra tsunami

A decade of developments in tsunami science

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A decade on from the devastating and unprecedented 2004 Tsunami that hit Indian Ocean countries, The University of Western Australia's Professor Chari Pattiaratchi will present a public lecture tonight on the advances in tsunami science and lessons learnt.

Geoff Bastyan

Albany seagrass champion wins Southseas Oceans Hero Award

Monday, 27 October 2014

A lone seagrass champion from Albany has been recognised for his efforts in seagrass restoration and community collaboration at The University of Western Australia Oceans Institute's community event over the weekend.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Invitation to explore the deep ocean

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Join The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies in a celebration of our ocean community at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle next weekend (Saturday 25 October 2014).

Ultraviolet light

Arctic marine organisms capture CO2: research

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Arctic marine organisms act as a reservoir for CO2, according to research published in the international journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Public opinion should help sway marine policy: study

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Public opinion should inform policy decisions about the marine environment, according to a study published this week in the international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).