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.

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.