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Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

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UWA ranked top in Australia in five STEM subjects

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has achieved the highest ranking among all Australian universities for five STEM subjects, according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject.

Carcharhinus Limbatus (Centre for Marine Futures)

Underwater cameras reveal biodiversity hotspot in tropical marine park

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found an area of tropical ocean protected under law is a hotspot for iconic marine life but does not provide enough defence from human activities.

Wendy Erber

Ground-breaking research uncovers genetic causes of rare diseases

Friday, 26 June 2020

A research program pioneering the use of whole genome sequencing has diagnosed hundreds of patients with rare diseases and discovered new genetic causes of disease.

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Shelling out for dinner - dolphins learn foraging skills from peers

Friday, 26 June 2020

A new study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia demonstrates for the first time that dolphins can learn foraging techniques outside the mother-calf bond – showing that they have a similar cultural nature to great apes.

Dr Yinglong Chen, Tsubasa Kawai and Prof Kadambot Siddique

First crop of agriculture students from Japan join UWA

Friday, 19 June 2020

The University of Western Australia has welcomed a group of agriculture students from Nagoya University in Japan as part of a joint Doctor of Philosophy program in which students simultaneously enrol and complete part of their degree at both UWA and Nagoya University. 

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Deep reefs used as refuge by marine forests

Thursday, 11 June 2020

A new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia has found deep reefs in Western Australia can be used as a refuge by marine forests from the impacts of ocean warming. 

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UWA launches online short courses to meet need for skills

Thursday, 4 June 2020

In response to the challenges many Australians may face finding work in the coming months, The University of Western Australia has launched new online short courses that offer practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

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Male treefrogs get the jump on rivals

Monday, 18 May 2020

The inconsistent sexual signals of male treefrogs have made it more difficult for females to find a quality mate, according to a new study by a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

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Dark-shaded body surface the key to animals avoiding predators

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Animals that have a darker pigmented surface on the upper side of their body compared to those that have the same shade all over can reduce the impact of their body shadows and remain hidden from predators, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Joseph Tomkins

Older women more likely to conceive twins due to evolution

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Women are more likely to conceive fraternal twins once they reach their 30s as a result of an evolutionary response to combat declining embryo viability, according to a new international collaboration involving researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Charlotte Birkmanis, one of the six UWA semi-finalists

UWA researchers to showcase their science findings live

Friday, 3 April 2020

Six early career researchers from The University of Western Australia researching topics such as how their self-image influences the way leaders lead others and how to stop deadly bacteria from accessing sugar in the body have been selected to present their research at the 2020 FameLab Western Australia semi-final.

Trio of allied males credit Dolphin Alliance Project - www.sharkbaydolphins.org

Cooperative male dolphins match the tempo of each other's calls

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol has found that when it comes to working together, male dolphins coordinate their behaviour just like us.

Left to right: Fiona Moggach, Ms Jahmila Parthenay, Dr Michael Clarke and Ms Mai

Awards and Achievements - March 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Dr Ana M. M. Sequeira

UWA marine researcher chosen to tackle global ocean challenges

Thursday, 26 March 2020

A senior research fellow at The University of Western Australia is one of only two Australians to be awarded a prestigious international grant to address some of the most critical challenges facing the world’s oceans.

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New study reveals hidden impact of marine heatwaves

Monday, 9 March 2020

A new study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia reveals the worst marine heatwave ever recorded off Western Australia was responsible for a massive loss of genetic diversity in underwater forests.

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UWA achieves strong results in QS Rankings

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The University of Western Australia achieved outstanding results in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject Area, maintaining its top ranking in the State with the highest number of subjects ranked in the top 100 globally. The QS Rankings ranked 1,368 universities globally. 

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Illicit seafood trade costing up to $26 billion each year

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Up to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are being traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $14 and $26 billion in trade annually, researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia have found.

Heat stress experiment

High-tech lab goes to sea to find heat resistant corals

Monday, 10 February 2020

Marine scientists are using portable ship-borne aquaria in the search for heat-resistant corals that could survive warming ocean temperatures caused by climate change.

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Survival of Australian species hinges on working together

Thursday, 30 January 2020

When faced with unfavourable environmental conditions, rodent species are likely to form social groups and work cooperatively, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.