Palynology professor to help revive vital science

Monday, 7 April 2014

The University of Western Australia, Chevron and Woodside will launch an international search for an expert who can breathe new life into the discipline of palynology in WA.

Assistant Professor Jens Zinke

WA corals reveal changes to ocean currents and temperatures

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A new study published in the international journal Nature Communications has revealed how Western Australia's coral reefs have been affected by changing ocean currents, rising sea surface temperatures and sea level variability.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Associate Professor Ramin Rafiei

National innovation award for ground-breaking water stress sensor

Thursday, 6 March 2014

An engineering researcher from The University of Western Australia has won an Australian Government science and innovation award for young people in agriculture to develop an intelligent sensor which will help detect water stress in grapevines in real time.

Joanna Vincent and Jean-Paul Hobbs at the Fulbright Awards ceremony

Fulbright Scholarships awarded to three from UWA

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

An internationally recognised plant nutrition expert, an Arts/Law graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from The University of Western Australia have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2014, joining an elite worldwide group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners in its ranks.

Assistant Professor Matthias Leopold

What's critical about the earth's outer skin?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have established the first Critical Zone Observatory in the southern hemisphere joining an international think tank to learn more about the earth's outer skin.

UWA leads international research teams on climate change

Monday, 9 December 2013

Two climate change projects led by The University of Western Australia - one a study into reporting on climate change in the media and another focusing on the challenge of ancient soils under modern land use - have been chosen for funding by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Interactive visualisation of magnetic and gravity data over multiple scales

Geophysics researchers win innovation award

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A team of researchers at The University of Western Australia has been recognised for its work to develop the most innovative use of a geophysical technique.

Participants at UWA's National Science Week workshop

Grey nomads get hands dirty for science

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

More than 25 seniors learned how to take soil samples as part of a recent National Science Week event hosted by The University of Western Australia's School of Earth and Environment.

Araguainha crater, Brazil

Biggest extinction in history caused by climate-changing meteor

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

It's well known that the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago when a meteor hit what is now southern Mexico but evidence is accumulating that the biggest extinction of all, 252.3m years ago, at the end of the Permian period, was also triggered by an impact that changed the climate.

AGT Committee Chair and EMI Deputy Director Mark Stickells

World-leading UWA experts to address nation's biggest gas conference

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Two world-leading researchers from The University of Western Australia will discuss some of the biggest challenges facing the gas industry today at Australia's largest event in that field - the Australian Gas Technology Conference and Exhibition (AGT) to be held at the Perth Exhibition Centre on July 1-3.

CET Director Professor Cam McCuaig

Boost for mineral exploration and mine development

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

UWA's Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) has formed a partnership with a leading seismic company HiSeis to expand high-resolution seismic profiling techniques into mineral exploration and mine development.

A Madagascar river discharges into coral reefs. Photo: Xavier Vincke

Human deforestation outweighs climate change for coral reefs

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a study published this week in the online science journal Nature Communications.

Dr Yinglong Chen

Getting to the root of better crops

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The more crop scientists know about how plant roots take up water and nutrients, the better able they will be to develop crop plants with roots that can cope with challenging soil and environmental conditions.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Shragge

UWA and Woodside to invest in global computational geoscience

Friday, 10 May 2013

A leading early career scientist from The University of Western Australia has been appointed to a new Woodside Professorship in Computational Geoscience at UWA as part of a five-year program to establish the State as a world centre of excellence in geoscience.

CSIRO Captain Stelios Kondylas and Winthrop Professor Anya Waite sampling at sea

UWA scientist to head Indian Ocean study in new research ship

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A senior marine scientist from The University of Western Australia has been appointed to lead a milestone expedition to the Indian Ocean next year on board Australia's newest marine research vessel, RV Investigator.

PhD student Gar-Wing Truong

High-speed discovery helps measure greenhouse gases from space

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Scientists have discovered how to measure greenhouse gases 200,000 times faster as the result research by an award-winning PhD student from The University of Western Australia and a US team.

An artist’s impression of a gamma ray burst. Credit : CNRS Céline Lavalande

Giant stars cause monster cosmic explosion before dying

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Evidence of an extreme cosmic event involving the death of super-giant stars hundreds of times bigger than the Sun has been discovered by an international research team, including astronomers from The University of Western Australia.

Supernova 1987A and radio emissions. Credit: ICRAR & Hubble

Giant death star continues to reveal secrets

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has succeeded in observing the death throes of a giant star in unprecedented detail.

Dr Jens Zinke samples East Madagascar coral

Jekyll and Hyde corals tell different warming story

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Like the rings of a tree trunk, Strontium-to-calcium ratios (Sr/Ca) in coral skeletons have been widely used to determine past ocean temperatures from yearly banded corals.  However, scientists have now found that biological (growth) effects can overpower the climate information locked in the coral skeletons.

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan to speak on high density planning

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan will deliver the UWA Stephenson-Hepburn Oration next Wednesday, March 27 on the topic of "Being Hot but Staying Cool: Complexities in Delivering the Dream of Density".