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Oceans Institute

Collecting Lyngbya sample at Simpson beach, Roebuck Bay

Algal bloom fight wins Southseas Oceans Hero Award

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A community taskforce which has seen researchers from The University of Western Australia work with volunteers and other organisations to tackle toxic algal blooms in Broome's Roebuck Bay has won the 2013 Southseas Oceans Hero Award.

Seagrass

Marine plants provide defence against climate change

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Seagrass, mangroves and salt-marsh ecosystems are able to develop strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Acropora coral polyps. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Raina

Coral makes cloud to keep climate sweet: experts

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Coral reefs have more than one trick up their sleeve to cope with warming oceans according to Australian researchers.

Dr Bonnie Laverock filmed at work. Photo: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Sea-floor microbes may be affected by ailing shrimp in acidified oceans

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Disrupting just one process in the important relationship between microbes and bigger plants and animals that live in ocean floor sediment may have knock-on effects that could reduce the productivity of coastal ecosystems, according to international research published online yesterday in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Nemo in hot water: climate change threatens coral reef icon

Monday, 26 August 2013

Rising sea temperatures and subsequent bleaching of corals and anemones are causing significant and widespread damage to coral reef ecosystems - and threatening the iconic species associated with them, according to an international study led by scientists from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.

Photo:  Maira Proietti

Call for 'citizen scientists' to help protect sea turtles

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

‘Citizen scientists' can help protect endangered green sea turtles by observing and gathering information about them, according to a PhD student from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.

Winthrop Professor Carlos Duarte

Marine life on the move as oceans warm

Monday, 5 August 2013

Warming oceans are impacting the distribution and breeding patterns and habitat of marine life, re-arranging the broader marine landscape as species adjust to a changing climate, according to a three-year international study published today in Nature Climate Change.

Reef shark being observed

Marine reserves help boost reef shark numbers

Monday, 22 July 2013

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have used non-destructive stereo video technology to obtain proof that marine reserves can have positive effects on reef shark populations.

Australia-Indonesia alliance could boost seaweed innovation

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Innovation in seaweed research for food and biofuels would be boosted by a partnership between a research-intensive country such as Australia and a production-intensive nation such as Indonesia, a new study has found.

Stingray by Ryan Kempster

Knowledge of stingrays' sparked-up sex may help deter sharks

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Sexual attraction of the electric sort happens when stingrays meet, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute - and the finding may help prevent shark attacks on humans.

A Madagascar river discharges into coral reefs. Photo: Xavier Vincke

Human deforestation outweighs climate change for coral reefs

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a study published this week in the online science journal Nature Communications.

Grey Nurse (Sand Shark)

Shark conservation holds key to healthy marine ecosystem

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Macquarie University will investigate how international laws can be reformed to improve shark conservation and management.

CSIRO Captain Stelios Kondylas and Winthrop Professor Anya Waite sampling at sea

UWA scientist to head Indian Ocean study in new research ship

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A senior marine scientist from The University of Western Australia has been appointed to lead a milestone expedition to the Indian Ocean next year on board Australia's newest marine research vessel, RV Investigator.

Asha de Vos and her puppet

Puppet ponders amazing blue whales

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A puppet in a mask and flippers wonders why blue whales have pushed the limits of evolution to become the biggest animal ever, in a new video produced by a student from The University of Western Australia.

Researchers tag Palau reef sharks (Image: Peter Verhoog).

Sharks dive deep on moonlit nights

Monday, 15 April 2013

The Moon, water temperature and even time of day affect the diving behaviour of sharks, according to new research at The University of Western Australia.

Spectral luminescence scan of coral cores

Pacific climate swings found to affect Western Indian Ocean rainfall

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Giant ancient corals off the coast of Madagascar have revealed that climate swings thousands of kilometres away in the Pacific Ocean have a major impact on rainfall variations in the Western Indian Ocean, adding new insight to managing water resources in a warming climate.

Stefan Andrews

Underwater film maker to make waves in the US

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A young marine biologist with a passion for diving and film making has been singled out as a future leader of the underwater environment as the 2013 Our World-Underwater Australasian Rolex Scholar.

Photo by Joan Costa

Arctic ecosystem about to tip over on climate change

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mounting evidence confirming the carbon dioxide effects of a 5º C increase in the Arctic Ocean temperature has led an international team of researchers to issue a stark warning about the perils the world faces in the near future.

Remote-controlled gliders

Rusty stirs up double trouble surprise

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

As Tropical Cyclone Rusty crossed the Pilbara coast last week, the ocean's turbidity levels exceeded the maximum range of scientists' instruments.

Winthrop Professor David Hunt

Colour vision link may help myopia research

Friday, 1 March 2013

A possible link between colour vision and the development of myopia - or near-sightedness - has been discovered by an international group, including a researcher from The University of Western Australia.