Orbicella faveolata coral

Research uncovers how some coral can survive annual bleaching events

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A study has found that coral with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand the impact of annual coral bleaching events, compared to coral with lower levels of fat reserves.

Dolphin communication

Researcher to use Swiss grant to study dolphin communication

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A researcher from The University of Western Australia will use a prestigious Swiss fellowship grant of nearly $700,000 to study the vocal behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay.

Exmouth to become science, research hub

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman turned the first sod to mark the start of construction works on the Ningaloo Centre, the largest social infrastructure investment in Exmouth since the town was built almost 50 years ago. 

Yanchep coastline

Modelling provides ways to better manage the coastline

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

An international team of scientists which included 10 researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that by using  ‘space and time scales’ in coastal modelling, authorities may be able to predict the future of our coastline and better manage it.  

Analysing coral cores

West Australian corals shed light on cause of marine heatwaves

Monday, 26 October 2015

An international team of scientists led by The University of Western Australia has analysed coral cores from three reefs in the eastern Indian Ocean to understand how marine heatwaves unfold among the unique coral reefs of Western Australia.

Zebrafish

Research offers new insight into light detection in vertebrates

Friday, 16 October 2015

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the University of Oxford and University College London will help better understand how light detection works in vertebrates.

Moray Eel

Moray eels in knots over food

Friday, 9 October 2015

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the University of California and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has revealed unusual feeding behaviour in moray eels, one of the most elusive and important predators on coral reefs.

Coral

Self-regulating coral protect themselves against ocean acidification

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A new study carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland has found that the Porites cylindrica variety of coral have an in-built mechanism that protects them in environments where there is a high fluctuation in ocean pH.

Professor Pattiaratchi

Fremantle found to be a 'global hot spot' for meteotsunamis

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Oceanographers from The University of Western Australia have discovered Fremantle has one of the highest occurrences of meteorological tsunamis (meteotsunamis) in the world.

Arctic expedition Lara Gracia-Corral

Arctic study finds CO2 helps plants grow but only at low temperatures

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A new international study involving researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a positive effect on producing organic material at low temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, but that this effect disappears once temperatures increase.

Australia's $10 billion 'other reef'

Monday, 17 August 2015

For the first time scientists have put a dollar value on Australia’s little talked about ‘other reef’, the Great Southern Reef, finding it contributes more than $10 billion to the Australian economy each year.

Topping out ceremony

Topping out event marks milestone for marine research centre

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

On Friday 31 July, more than fifty guests and building contractors attended a ‘topping out’ ceremony for the new $60.6 million Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Crawley campus.

Science

UWA finalists at Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The University of Western Australia congratulates seven of its academics who are among 13 finalists announced at the Premier’s Science Awards.

Shark

Shark deterrent research reveals interesting results

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia have released the results of their WA State Government-funded research into the effectiveness of a range of novel and commercial shark deterrents.

Kelp forests impacted when underwater worlds collide

Friday, 5 June 2015

Tropical and temperate species have evolved separate from one another in different ecosystems, but researchers are now discovering what happens when climate-driven changes break down these long-standing geographic barriers.

Seaweed-eating tropical fishes are moving down the Australian coastlines and increasing in abundance on temperate reefs, where lush kelp forests normally prevail.

Diver examining kelp

Kelps work together to survive in a stressful world

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Scientists have discovered the key for large marine seaweeds to alleviate environmental stress. The answer to a healthy kelp life is to support one another in dense underwater forests, overcoming stressful surrounding marine environments.

Deep sea corals at Scott Reef

Reel life after dark

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A month-long expedition is underway to Scott Reef and submerged shoals offshore of the Kimberley coast on board the US-based Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor, The research brings together staff and students from The University of Western Australia, The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Stanford University, and Griffith University.

Dr Ryan Kempster wit5h Port Jackson shark

UWA shark researchers enlist the help of the public as citizen scientists

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia are asking for the public's help to identify and record shark sightings from around the world, using their new Citizen Science project, SharkBase (www.shark-base.org).

GoPros underwater research tools of the future

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

An international team, including researchers from the Centre for Marine Futures at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute, recently completed a study which has found GoPros to be a cheaper and easy to use camera for underwater videography, compared to more traditional cameras.

An autoclave

Study to aid rapid clean-ups after disastrous offshore oil and gas leaks

Friday, 27 March 2015

One of the first experimental investigations to simulate the high-pressure formation of oil droplets during deepwater blowouts has attracted the attention of the prestigious journal Chemical Engineering Science