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.

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.