Photographer: Rachel Sussman

Warming may lead to functional extinction of Mediterranean seagrass meadows mid-century

Monday, 21 May 2012

A study involving the collaboration between researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Spanish National Research Council has shown that warming of Mediterranean seawater over this century, under a moderately optimistic scenario of greenhouse gas emissions, is likely to cause the functional extinction of these seagrass meadows.

Photographer: Rachel Sussman

New global study: seagrasses can store as much carbon as forests

Monday, 21 May 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have contributed to the first global analysis of carbon stored in seagrasses which shows they can hold as much carbon as the world's temperate and tropical forests.

UWA scientists lead in shark research

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Shark repellents may work best if they target specific species rather than try to deter all types of sharks, say scientists from the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia.

Photo by Sergio Silenzi

Corals 'could survive a more acidic ocean'

Monday, 2 April 2012

Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought - giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation.

Sea weed - see vital resource: expert

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

To many people, seaweed is something that washes up on beaches and gathers in ugly, smelly piles.

Heart-stopping shark movie selected for international film festival

Monday, 19 March 2012

An eye-catching film made by ocean researcher Ryan Kempster from The University of Western Australia on the unique survival skills of bamboo sharks has been selected to be shown at a prestigious US film festival.

Credit:  David Wachenfeld (Triggerfish Images)

Sawfish: there's biological wi-fi in their weapon

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia in an international collaboration for an aquarium fish collector based in Cairns has uncovered that, contrary to previous assumptions, a sawfish's saw can actually sense electric fields to locate and attack prey.

Kimberley reefs

Kimberley study to research life at the extreme

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

A region with some of the world's highest tides and extreme ocean conditions will help researchers at The University of Western Australia better understand the impacts of large physical disturbances and climate change on coastal ecosystems.

$7million to help conserve Ningaloo, Pilbara reefs

Monday, 13 February 2012

Scientists at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and CSIRO will receive $7.19 million in industry and WA Government funds to help conserve the globally-significant Ningaloo and Pilbara reef ecosystems.

Sea monster is world's oldest living thing

Thursday, 2 February 2012

It's big, it's old and it lives under the sea and now an international research collaboration with The University of Western Australia's Ocean's Institute has confirmed an ancient seagrass to hold the secrets of the oldest living organism on earth.

JEDI scientists repel jellyfish invasion

Thursday, 2 February 2012

They can stop the world's biggest warships, cripple power stations and kill humans with a single sting but jellyfish are not about to take over the world and turn our oceans to slime, as some reports have claimed.

Arctic scientist warns of dangerous climate change

Monday, 30 January 2012

The future of human kind faces dire consequences due to arguably the first signs of dangerous climate change in the Arctic, says a leading international scientist from The University of Western Australia.

Photo by Anne and Charles Sheppard

Untouched ocean reefs to yield secrets

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Our understanding of pristine marine environments before human exploitation will grow when researchers from The University of Western Australia join an international expedition to the Indian Ocean's Chagos Archipelago, the world's largest fully protected marine sanctuary.

Professor Jessica Meeuwig

In Darwin's footsteps

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A marine researcher at The University of Western Australia has been appointed a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London - a society that appointed Charles Darwin* a Fellow in 1837.

Cover story in Bioscience journal

Secret sex life to help save world's endangered seagrasses

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sex plays a much more important role in the reproduction of vitally important seagrasses than previously thought, according to important new findings by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Ryan Kempster (Photo: Paul Ricketts)

Ryan takes shark science to remote WA high schools

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Lots of teenagers dream of a career in science – doctor, vet and marine biologist are often high on the list – but many consider it out of their reach.

On the lookout … Associate Professor Euan Harvey with a stereo-video rig

A new way to count and measure fish

Monday, 12 December 2011

Associate Professor Euan Harvey and his colleagues have spent literally thousands of hours looking at underwater video of fish recorded in remote locations around Australia and New Zealand.

Professor David White (left) and Winthrop Professor Mark Randolph

UWA oceans engineer named Early Career Scientist of the Year

Friday, 9 December 2011

Professor David White of The UWA Oceans Institute has been named Early Career Scientist of the Year for Western Australia.

Professor David White

UWA engineer is WA's tallest poppy

Friday, 9 December 2011

A geotechnical engineer whose work is used to assess the stability of all major pipelines being designed to tap Australia's offshore gas resources is the overall winner of the WA Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Nitin Repalle

Nitin’s research is making waves

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

While undertaking his PhD at The UWA Oceans Institute, Nitin Repalle studied wave phenomena in partially-filled LNG tanks – what’s called the ‘sloshing’ effect – with the aim of making LNG transport in ships a safer option.