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.

Male mandarin dogfish shark – picture Ryan Kempster

Mystery sharks off Rottnest shed new light on species

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters is set to re-write scientists' understanding of the species.

Carbon cluster map

$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potential

Friday, 22 February 2013

Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.

Polar bear by Joan Costa

Global warming affects Arctic and Antarctic regions differently

Monday, 18 February 2013

The robustness of food webs of Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems has been compared for the first time, revealing that global warming can affect the biodiversity of these ecosystems in different ways despite the similarities between them.

Philippe Bouchet

Aussie award for young French ocean scientist

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A PhD student at The University of Western Australia who is researching marine predators of the offshore Perth Canyon has won an award from the Australian Academy of Science.

Dr Daniel Smale

Ocean heatwave decimates vital WA seaweed habitat

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The decimation of a seaweed that provides vital habitat for an interdependent web of marine species off the WA coast, as a consequence of a record ocean heatwave, has been revealed in a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today (16 January).

Fishing off SW Madagascar, Photo by Henrich Bruggemann

'Wicked' problems devastate pristine Coral Reef

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Human activity - rather than climate change - has been found to be the main cause of catastrophic devastation to a southern Indian Ocean coral reef system similar to Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Embryonic bamboo shark - Ryan Kempster

Baby sharks play dead to avoid predators

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A recent discovery about shark behavior by marine scientists at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute may help researchers to develop an effective shark repellent.

Jellyfish from Broome

Experts prove jellyfish numbers unchanged

Friday, 4 January 2013

Despite widespread belief that the world's jellyfish population is exploding, a new international study suggests that there is no real evidence of a global increase in jellyfish over the past two centuries.

Shark Bay study (photo by Professor Gary Kendrick)

Shark Bay lessons may help save Florida Bay

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Both Shark Bay, Western Australia and Florida Bay, Miami, are home to subtropical marine environments with similar geological chemical and biological characteristics but, according to The University of Western Australia's leading marine ecologist, we're not taking advantage of science that could lead to better sustainable management of these bays.

Tiger shark

UWA gets green light for major shark research

Friday, 7 December 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia today welcomed the Western Australian Government's decision to allocate $646,000 over two years to fund three major studies into shark detection and deterrents.

Great white shark

Shark brain link with humans may help hunt for repellent

Monday, 29 October 2012

Shark's brains share several common features with those of humans, scientists at The University of Western Australia have found, prompting a suggestion it may help researchers working to design a shark repellent.

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.