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Oceans Institute

Turtle - Joan Costa - Nature paper

Climate change restricts migrant species access to oceans

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Climate change has led to more than a third of the world's oceans becoming inaccessible to species that migrate seeking favourable climates.

Pilbara Marine Strategy - Courtesy Euan Harvey

Pilbara marine health check - good and bad news

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A health and wellbeing check up of World Heritage-listed reef ecosystems in the Pilbara region of Western Australia will provide a critical baseline of marine conditions to government, industry and researchers.

Mesopelagic fish - Photo: Joan Costa

Study finds plenty more little fish in the sea

Monday, 10 February 2014

New research by an international team of marine scientists suggests the global biomass of fish is 30 times more than the accepted estimate.

Ryan Kempster with bamboo sharks

Repelling sharks to save them... and us

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Shark biologist Dr Ryan Kempster will share his insights into shark behaviour at a public lecture this month as part of UWA Extension's summer season.

Coral release before flood

Great Barrier Reef coral cores reveal 2011 flood damage

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Scientists have gained new insight into the damage done to coral in the Southern Great Barrier Reef by river run-off caused by intense weather events like the 2011 floods.

Matt Hipsey, Matt Hipsey, Tony Jakeman, outgoing president of the Modelling

International award for young UWA scientists

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Two early career researchers from The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Science have won an international award for Research Excellence from the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Ryan Kempster with Port Jackson shark

Research holds key to safer coexistence with sharks

Monday, 2 December 2013

The recent fatal shark attacks at Gracetown in WA and Coffs Harbour in NSW are a tragedy and our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the victims and to the surrounding communities.

Australian waters polluted by harmful tiny plastics

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4000 pieces of tiny plastics that could affect humans as well as marine life according to researchers from The University of Western Australia and CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship.

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.