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Ground-breaking 32-day journey explores never before seen depths of Bremer Bay Canyon

Ground-breaking 32-day journey explores never before seen depths of Bremer Bay Canyon

UWA - University News,  Thursday, 2 April 2020 The Falkor, the 83-metre-long oceanographic research vessel, was home to a team of international scientists lead by Dr Julie Trotter, an ARC Future Fellow from UWA, on a month long expedition to explore the unchartered depths of the Bremer, Leeuwin, and Perth submarine canyons located off the south...

Deep-sea coral gardens discovered in canyons off Australia’s South West

Deep-sea coral gardens discovered in canyons off Australia’s South West

FREMANTLE – Bremer Canyon Marine Park is already known as a biodiversity hotspot for marine species such as whales and dolphins, however, a recent expedition focused on the deep sea has now revealed rich and diverse ecosystems inhabiting the cold waters deep within the canyon. Led by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), the...

Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia (Coral CoE at UWA) and the Victoria University of Wellington have found Crustose Coralline Algae, crucial to the survival of coral reefs, may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate...

Super corals adapt well to cold but struggle with warming oceans

Super corals adapt well to cold but struggle with warming oceans

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 Super corals from extreme reefs can acclimatise to temperatures much lower than their natural environment but struggle to cope with their home reefs becoming hotter due to climate change, according to a global research team led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Au...

Study finds ocean acidification threatens coral reef systems

Study finds ocean acidification threatens coral reef systems

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 A new study led by The University of Western Australia has found the future of the world’s coral reefs is under threat from ocean acidification with many corals unable to adapt to the conditions. The study, published today in Nature Climate Change, determined the capacity of coral reefs to acclimatise to ocean acidifi...

Study reveals how sub-tropical corals cope with the cold

Study reveals how sub-tropical corals cope with the cold

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 Corals growing in high-latitude reefs in Western Australia can regulate their internal chemistry to promote growth under cooler temperatures, according to new research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia. The study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal S...

Super-corals of WA’s North West Kimberly

Super-corals of WA’s North West Kimberly

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are part of an international collaboration that has examined the impact of bleaching on coral reefs over the past 20 years and, in particular, the impact of the most severe global bleaching event to ever be recorded in 2016. Coral bleaching occurs as the result of abnormal environmental condit...

Exploring Perth Canyon

Exploring Perth Canyon

Scientists have just completed a successful two-week mission unlocking the secrets of Perth Canyon, a deep ocean gorge the size of the USA’s Grand Canyon. During this time, they discovered unusual deep-sea communities as well as an autonomous ocean glider that was lost for two years. A group of scientists from The University of Western Austral...

High temperatures, not ocean acidification is threatening the growth of coral

High temperatures, not ocean acidification is threatening the growth of coral

Thursday, 15 June 2017 The Achilles’ heel of coral growth is high temperatures, not ocean acidification, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The research will be presented tomorrow in Canberra at the Coral Reef Futures Symposium. The researchers say cor...

New coral reef research targets information gap

New coral reef research targets information gap

A new study by The University of Western Australia aims to bridge the gap in understanding the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs – one of the biggest worldwide threats to their future. Coral reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems made of calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals and held together by coralline algae. R...

Ocean acidification causes deformities in young coral skeletons

Ocean acidification causes deformities in young coral skeletons

Thursday, 25 February 2016 Ocean acidification could lead to smaller, more porous and malformed skeletons in young coral by 2100 according to a team of scientists from The University of Western Australia. UWA PhD student and lead author of the paper, Taryn Foster, said new coral recruits are usually only around 1mm in diameter and so ‘are...

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