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Monday, 17 August 2020

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

Diane Smith-Gander

UWA appoints first woman to Chair Business School Board

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Diane Smith-Gander AO, one of WA’s top business executives, has been appointed Chair of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board. She is the first woman to chair the board.

Ephemeral stream in the Hamersley Ranges

UWA projects win national research funding

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Research that aims to reduce the risk of mine tailings failure and a project to improve understanding of the ecology and hydrology of streams in arid areas are two new research projects at The University of Western Australia to receive Federal Government funding.

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships attract world's best minds

Friday, 29 May 2015

Andrew and Nicola Forrest today announced the first recipients of the prestigious Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships – with the five recipients flying in from around the world to accept their scholarship.

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Hydrocalculator - free new software

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Free new software for the calculation of evaporative losses based on water stable isotope composition.

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VIDEO - 9th International IsoEcol Conference 2014

Wednesday, 4 February 2015



IsoEcol 9 2014 was held at The University of Western Australia and brought together an exciting mix of researchers from local, national and international universities, industry and government with interests in the development and application of stable isotope techniques to the ecological sciences.

Greg Skrzypek

Conference attracts ecology researchers

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Greg Skrzypek describes his biogeochemistry discipline of stable isotopes as a narrow field with very broad applications.

12th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference 2013

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The organising committee welcomed delegates to the 12th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference which was held at the University Club on the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia, Perth, from Wed 10th July to Fri 12th July.

Mr Iles undertaking water sampling

Phosphorus study to assist land users

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Rangelands NRM is providing a top-up scholarship to a University of wa student to help fund studies on freshwater systems ofthe Pilbara region. 

UWA PhD candidate Jordan Iles received the scholarship for biodiversity-oriented research investigating the roles of phosphorus and organic matter within dry land streams of the Hamersley Basin. 

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$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potential

Friday, 22 February 2013

Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.


Reconstructing climate over the past millennium: recommendations from a tree ring perspective

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Masterclass with Ed Cook, Ewing Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, 28 Feb 2013

Western rainbowfish (melanotaenia australis)

Study to examine how mining and climate affect native fish

Friday, 20 July 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia will investigate how native freshwater fish in northwest Australia are dealing with changes to their habitat caused by climate change and mining.

Study aims to minimise impact on Fortescue Marsh

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The potential impact of climate change and altered hydrology due to mining activities on a major Pilbara wetland is being studied by a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Susan Melo de Howard shows John Dodson the Bible in which the leaves were found

Mysteries of the Bible solved by science

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Three little leaves found in a 450-year-old Bible have brought together UWA alumni from around the world to solve a puzzle.

A close look at mosses on the tundra

Tiny tundra plants have big impact on carbon balance

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Hurricane-force wind was more of a problem than the cold when biogeochemist Greg Skrzypek spent six weeks in the Arctic Circle recently on climate change research.

Dr Pauline Grierson, School of Plant Biology and Ecosystems Research Group

Real science among the red dirt

Monday, 22 August 2011

Recently I went to see the movie Red Dog, which is set in the Pilbara, a place very close to my heart.

This gentle film captured not just the joys of living with a cheeky kelpie who does exactly as it pleases (also close to my heart) but how the shimmering horizon beckons, where blue sky sweeps across a red and yellow landscape and where the red dust gets under your skin - and just about everywhere else.

Dining scraps become a temperature gauge

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Was it the more highly developed Homo sapiens that spelled the end for Neanderthal man? Did he die out because he could not find enough meat to satisfy his extreme 5,000-calorie a day hunger? Or was it simply the cold that caused the extinction of our massive cousins?

History a vital step in climate change future

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Coral in the Great Barrier reef, ice in the Antarctic and native cypress pines in the wheatbelt can all tell us a lotabout climate change.

Extra terrestrial research

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bringing together all the systems that create a functioning natural world might seem like an overwhelming task. To overcome this the members of UWA's Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative (TERI) break it all down to the tiniest parts - microbes - to start to understand how the systems function.

Climate 'detectives' use clues from the past to predict future weather changes

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Drilling holes in trees across Australia and taking core samples from reefs at Ningaloo are two techniques being used to determine the extent of climate change in coming decades.