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.

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.