Science Matters is the Faculty of Science's Newsroom

We hope that through this medium alumni, staff, students and supporters will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty Science at UWA.

These are exciting times for the Faculty of Science and we hope you will be able to share in this excitement and that you will be able to follow where we go over the next few years.

Professor Tony O'Donnell, Dean

Great Southern Reef

Great Southern Reef recognised internationally for biodiversity

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Australia’s Great Southern Reef has been named Mission Blue’s newest ‘Hope Spot’ – a special place that’s critical to maintaining the health of our oceans – thanks to a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia.

UWA's Joshua Mylne shaking hands with Philippe Herve, CEO of Nexgen Plants

New collaboration to help fight growing herbicide resistance

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have teamed up with Queensland-based plant healthcare company Nexgen Plants to help combat Australia’s growing herbicide resistance problem.

Professor Cheryl Praeger

UWA researchers awarded $12.2 million in federal funding

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winner Professor Cheryl Praeger is among several researchers at The University of Western Australia to be awarded $12.2 million in Federal Government funding for 27 projects.

Ghost bat

Understanding ghost bat diet key to protecting the endangered species

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Endangered ghost bats in the Pilbara eat more than 46 species of animals from small mammals, to birds, reptiles and amphibians, research led by The University of Western Australia has revealed.

Blue shark

Rezone marine parks to help conserve sharks

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

A lack of habitat protection is hindering our ability to manage the conservation of endangered open-ocean sharks in Australian waters, according to new research by The University of Western Australia.

Gecko

Action plan to save snakes and lizards from extinction

Monday, 2 December 2019

A team of scientists, including researchers from The University of Western Australia, has produced an action plan to help stop the decline of Australian lizards and snakes, particularly those recently assessed as threatened species.

Butterfly

Cutting-edge protein biomarker analysis facility for WA

Monday, 2 December 2019

Bioplatforms Australia, The University of Western Australia and Proteomics International have combined forces to launch a cutting-edge facility to explore biological markers affecting medicine, agriculture, the environment and marine world.

Teenage girls exercising

Study finds most Australian teens not doing enough physical activity

Friday, 22 November 2019

Nearly 90 per cent of Australian children aged 11 to 17 are not meeting current recommendations on daily physical activity, according to an international study by researchers at the World Health Organization.

Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) grassfinch birds drinking water

DNA may hold the clue to protecting endangered species

Friday, 15 November 2019

A new method for analysing DNA collected from waterways which can help identify endangered bird species has been developed with the help of researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Robyn Owens, Celia Hammond and researchers

Five early career researchers awarded federal funding

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Five researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded almost $2.05 million in Federal Government funding for projects that range from investigating Australian rare breed poultry and livestock conservation to working out whether cutting-edge cognitive approaches can help those with severe anxiety.

TO BE DETERMINED

Marine research the winner in collaboration between UWA Oceans Institute and University of Mumbai

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and the Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha School of Integrated Aquatic Education at the University of Mumbai in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote marine research links across the Indian Ocean.

Rhodes Scholar

UWA student awarded 2020 Rhodes Scholarship

Friday, 1 November 2019

Denmark resident and environmental scientist Natasha Lutz has been named Western Australia’s Rhodes Scholar for 2020, recognising her potential as a young global ambassador.

Bacterial filaments

Research offers insight into how oldest fossils formed

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have uncovered evidence of a new type of fossilisation that may explain how some of Earth’s oldest microfossils formed and might even help scientists detect evidence of past life on other planets.

Scientists

Why plants panic when it rains

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

An international team of scientists involving The University of Western Australia’s School of Molecular Sciences, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and Lund University has made the surprising discovery that a plant’s reaction to rain is close to one of panic.

Dr Helene Viola

At the heart of it

Thursday, 24 October 2019

For several decades UWA has been working with National Heart Foundation Australia (NHFA), which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, to save the lives of everyday Australians affected by heart disease.

Watheroo NP Hakea prostrata

Study digs up one billion years of green plant evolution

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia are part of a worldwide team of almost 200 plant scientists that has mapped the gene sequences of more than 1100 plants, the culmination of a nine-year research project.

Cardiovascular symposium

Researchers join forces to improve cardiovascular health

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Common cardiovascular issues facing Western Australians will be the focus of an event attracting leading international and local researchers next week.

Student field trip

Digging deep for mine rehabilitation

Monday, 14 October 2019

Improving environmental management during mine rehabilitation and closure was the focus of a week-long field course for environmental science students from The University of Western Australia and mineral engineering students from Canada’s University of Toronto.

Dresser Formation in the Pilbara

Ancient rock remains reveal signs pointing to earliest life on Earth

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ancient rock remains in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia hold the key to analysing some of the earliest signs of life on Earth, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with a global team of scientists.

Ocean plastic

Andrew Forrest calls for plastic waste to become a cashable commodity

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Business leader, philanthropist and UWA PhD candidate Andrew Forrest has called for a voluntary contribution on fossil fuel-derived plastic, in a bid to stop up to eight million tons of plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans each year.