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Monday, 17 August 2020

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

Dr Harriet Paterson with nurdles

Volunteers needed to collect plastic pellets from South Coast

Friday, 26 October 2018

The University of Western Australia’s Albany Campus is seeking volunteers to collect tiny plastic pellets, known as ‘nurdles’, which have washed up on the South Coast after a massive spill off the South African coast in October last year.

Rio Tinto and UWA Leadership Program to benefit students

Friday, 21 September 2018

Rio Tinto and The University of Western Australia have joined forces to bring an innovative global leadership program for students to Western Australia designed to enhance their cultural intelligence, networks, collaboration and leadership skills.

Plastic remnants common sight on our local beaches. Photo: Walpole Weekly

Plastics under the microscope

Friday, 12 August 2016

UWA Albany researcher Dr Harriet Paterson has been conducting research into the impact of plastics on the coastal environment. Dr Paterson visited Walpole, Esperance, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay i recently to collect samples of beach sand to analyse the quantity of micro-plastics in the samples and determine where plastics become concentrated on beaches. 

Middleton Beach shark net

Bristol students study Great Southern ecology

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Seven postgraduate students from Bristol University in the United Kingdom are spending 10 weeks working with UWA Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the ecology unique to the Great Southern.

The students are completing a Master of Science degree majoring in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation and have chosen to do research projects with the University of Western Australia as part of their studies.

Seaweed farms

Seaweed farms an all-you-can-eat salad bar for Rabbitfish

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New research by scientists at The University of Western Australia, has revealed that seaweed farms may have unexpected benefits for coral reef fish.

Colloquium on biodiversity

Tuesday, 22 December 2015


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The Great Southern International Colloquia on Biodiversity aim to provide a forum for leading scientists, practitioners and the public to share and advance knowledge in biodiversity science, management and cultural appreciation.

Out of the ashes - new plant discovered near Northcliffe

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The large wildfire that engulfed extensive areas of forest, damp plains and scattered granite outcrops in the Northcliffe area in February this year has yielded an unexpected gift – a species of plant completely new to science. The species is a Haemodorum or blood root, a group of bulbous herbs with about 30 species distributed across well-watered parts of Australia, one extending into southern Papua.

A spotted minnow

Endangered freshwater fish under the microscope

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Researchers from the University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM), Murdoch University and the Department of Fisheries have just completed one of the largest research projects on endangered freshwater fish in south-western Australia.

The three-year project provides exciting new information on the distribution and ecology of three of the region’s most endangered freshwater fish – the Western Trout Minnow, Balston’s Pygmy Perch and Little Pygmy Perch.

Adam Lillicrap tests Lake Gore soil

Agricultural practices unknowingly cause poisoning of lake catchment

Monday, 14 September 2015

Agricultural clearing and drains installed by farmers to lower water tables and manage salinity are inadvertently impacting waterways in one of the largest and most botanically significant regions in Australia, according to new research from The University of Western Australia.

Boris Baer

Discover UWA's best ideas at Research Week

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Find out how sleep disorders are related to the shape of your face, whether plant biology and advances in genomics could alleviate the growing global food crisis, and what our homes and communities will look like when living to over 100 is the norm.

Fish Tracking Study to Help Canning River Management

Thursday, 13 August 2015

A new project is underway that will monitor the movement and habitat use of south-western Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Freshwater Cobbler.

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management research investigates the role the Honey-possum plays in plant pollination.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

A new CENRM research project is investigating if the endemic honey possum plays a significant role in pollination of South West Plants.

Dr Neil Pettit's research will help agriculture

Research a boost for agriculture

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The journal ‘Ecology and Society’ has published recent findings by researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management that will help the agricultural industry develop sustainable land management strategies.

Leading the research was Dr Neil Pettit who believes that the speed of environmental change is perhaps the greatest challenge for natural resource management.

Dr Peter Speldewinde talks about science on ABC Great Southern radio

CENRM talks science on ABC radio

Thursday, 6 August 2015

CENRM and UWA Albany has launched a fortnightly segment on ABC Great Southern Radio. CENRM researcher Dr Peter Speldewinde and ABC presenter Donna Dabala will talk about a variety scientific research being undertaken in the Great Southern Region, and further afield from across Australia and internationally. Topics of discussion will include interesting facts about some of the regions plants, animals and landscapes.

Western Pygmy Possum on Banksia, Torndirrup National Park. Photo S.D. Hopper

UWA Albany research students investigate nectar-feeding possums

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

An Australian Research Council Discovery grant has enabled the first of a series of honours and postgraduate studies on two of Southwest Australia’s most endearing marsupials – the Honey Possum and the Western Pygmy Possum.

Dr Peter Speldewinde measures a honey possum

Saving endangered species

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Over 80 students from the University of Western Australia travelled from Perth to join UWA Albany students for a week of intensive learning from 26th – 31st  January.

The unit ‘Saving Endangered Species’ involved a 7-day fieldwork component in Albany prior to the start of Semester 1.  

Albany’s location in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots provided an ideal learning environment for an introduction to the conservation and management of threatened species.

New ecotourism degree at UWA Albany

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A surge in interest in nature-based tourism has led The University of Western Australia to develop a Master of Ecotourism degree.  Unique to UWA Albany, it will be the only postgraduate course of its kind available in Western Australia.

First Western Pygmy Possum documented in Albany in years

Tiny possum discovered in national park near Albany

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

One of Australia's most endearing marsupials, the tiny western pygmy possum, has been discovered for the first time in Albany's Torndirrup National Park by a research team from The University of Western Australia examining the pollination of native plants by mammals.

Arjen Ryder

A positive outcome from MH17 tragedy

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the family of two Australian victims of flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine on 17 July, are raising money to establish a scholarship at The University of Western Australia Albany in honour of Mr Arjen Ryder.