Early warning signs of widespread coral bleaching in 2016

Widespread coral bleaching in the Northern Hemisphere coral reef regions provides an early warning that Australian reefs are likely at risk in the summer of 2016. AIMS researchers are gearing up a research program responsive to this risk. Read more. (Image credit: Jurgen Freund) 

“Voyage of discovery” yields hotspot of diversity 

Over a period of four years scientists from AIMS, working in partnership with Geoscience Australia and the University of Western Australia, uncovered a rich physical landscape and a vast oasis of life in the Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR). Read More.

"Assisted Evolution" versus "Genetic Modification"

The announcement of Dr Madeleine van Oppen’s recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received significant media attention. In a brief interview, Dr van Oppen provides further detail about the "Assisted Evolution" approach. Read More.

The Triton that ate the Crown-of-Thorns

The crown-of-thorns starfish is known for its incredible appetite for coral and the damage that it causes on coral reefs. Dr Mike Hall, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, explains how the rarity of a sea snail may be one reason why the crown-of-thorns is now such a threat to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef. Read more.