Whale shark - image by Rob Harcourt

Why the world's biggest fish needs to swim near the surface

Friday, 19 October 2012

Whale sharks, the world's biggest fish, can dive to chilly waters hundreds of metres deep but they need to return to the surface to warm up, according to a new study led by researchers from The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.

Adjunct Professor Peter Cook

UWA abalone expert elected to world Aquaculture Council

Thursday, 11 October 2012

An adjunct Professor with The University of Western Australia has been appointed to an international body charged with transforming the rapidly growing aquaculture industry into a sustainable and socially responsible solution to the world food problem.

UWA scientists welcome State funding for more shark research

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia today welcomed the State Government announcement of $6.85m over four years for shark mitigation education and research, and the opportunity to work more closely with other organisations on the issue.

Professors White (left) and Cheng with O-Tube team (rear)

World-class cyclone simulator wins engineering award

Friday, 21 September 2012

A world-class research facility that aims to protect thousand of kilometres of underwater oil and gas pipelines worth billions of dollars from destructive cyclones has won a major award for a team of engineers at The University of Western Australia.

Orectolobus maculatus - Picture courtesy of Tane Sinclair-Taylor

Researchers confirm shark solution is black and white

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

New research which could help to deter and conserve sharks has confirmed that many of the ocean predators are probably completely colour blind.

Assistant Professor Bryan Boruff

Researchers identify WA’s best sites for large-scale algal biofuel

Monday, 10 September 2012

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University have for the first time identified a number of WA sites capable of producing large quantities of commercial biofuel from microalgae.

'Trojan horse' effect may explain jellyfish blooms

Friday, 7 September 2012

Man-made structures such as harbours, tourist facilities, oil rigs and aquaculture farms provide ideal sanctuaries for jellyfish polyps to flourish and may explain an apparent increase in jellyfish blooms in many coastal waters around the world.

Drawing a Kimberley freshwater crocodile. Photo credit Angela Rossen

Rockets, cane toads and art for Kimberley school programs

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Water rockets, painting and cane toads will feature in three school student programs to be presented in the Kimberley this month by The University of Western Australia.

Four of the most highly fished species and sea temperatures along WA coast

60 million years in the making and in need of protection

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

More marine sanctuaries are the best way to protect Western Australia's unique marine biodiversity, according to an international collaboration led by The University of Western Australia.

Dr Craig Grove (left) and Dr Jens Zinke drilling coral samples

Ancient coral reefs at risk from deforestation and land use practices

Friday, 3 August 2012

A team of international scientists, including a researcher from The University of Western Australia, has found that soil erosion, land degradation and climate change pose a mounting threat to coastal reefs and their ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean.

Winthrop Professor Malcolm McCulloch

Coral reef expert awarded Australia's leading Fellowship

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Premier's Fellow and research leader at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and School of Earth and Environment, Winthrop Professor Malcolm McCulloch, has been awarded Australia's most prestigious research fellowship.

Ozone hole UV impacting marine life: study

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Ultraviolet radiation has caused a steep increase in deaths among marine animals and plants, according to an international team including scientists at the Oceans Institute of The University of Western Australia.

Temperate Western Blue Devil (Paraplesiops meleagris)

Unprecedented Indian Ocean heatwave creates melting pot

Monday, 23 July 2012

An unprecedented Indian Ocean heatwave that peaked in March 2011 with large impacts on marine organisms at Jurien Bay, 250km north of Perth, may provide crucial insights into how extreme climatic events affect life in the sea, according to research led by The University of Western Australia.

Professor Jessica Meeuwig

BBC features UWA marine researcher

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A BBC documentary about the Indian Ocean, screening in Australia this week, features the work of UWA Oceans Institute researcher Professor Jessica Meeuwig.

Ocean glider

Funding for crucial ocean and climate research

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ocean gliders from a national research facility based at The University of Western Australia will be able to provide more data for crucial climate and marine research following a $6million injection of funding from the State Government.

Ignore oceans at our peril: Expert

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

If we ignore our close emotional attachment to the ocean, then the future is dire for our species and for our planet.

The Hon. Greg Combet AM, MP

Federal Climate Change Minister explains carbon price

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon. Greg Combet AM, MP, delivered a public joint lecture on ‘Understanding Climate Change and the Carbon Price' to 250 guests at The University of Western Australia last week.

Julia Reisser stands next to the manta net onboard RV Southern Surveyor

First map of floating plastics to help save baby turtles

Monday, 18 June 2012

A PhD student at The University of Western Australia is creating the first map to show the distribution of floating marine plastics in Australian waters, and models that chart the likely pathways of these plastics and sea turtle hatchlings.

Acute lack of skilled marine researchers: expert

Monday, 11 June 2012

Australian marine science suffers from acute skills shortages, according to one of Australia's leading marine scientists.

Ocean of opportunities to understand eye function

Monday, 21 May 2012

The oceans are filled with exquisite examples of how different animals' eyes use light for survival - and knowing how these eyes work is useful for understanding and even improving human vision.