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Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators

Research on the behaviour of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon...

1 April: Corals don't lie: centuries of rising sea levels and temperature data revealed

AIMS scientists together with a team from The University of Western Australia, CSIRO and the University of San Diego have analysed coral cores from the eastern Indian Ocean to understand how the...

17 Feb 2014: AIMS partners with Shell and INPEX to help protect against oil spills

AIMS, Shell and INPEX announce a unique partnership to develop comprehensive environmental baselines to monitor the health of waters off NW Australia.

'Hidden' and new species of coral identified by AIMS scientists

Scientists have discovered ‘hidden’ coral species diversity by applying a combined approach of DNA analysis, skeleton examination and ecological observations.

Ocean acidification: A bleak future for pacific biodiversity - from corals to crabs

New research shows the detrimental effects of increasing levels of carbon dioxide on the diversity of invertebrates that inhabit our coral reefs. It’s a snapshot of the centuries to come for our...

Drug potential from Great Barrier Reef sea sponges ready for commercial development

Expressions of interest are being invited to develop a class of chemical compounds produced by three species of Australian sea sponges, including one species from the Great Barrier Reef, as new...

Young Indigenous scholars prepare for careers in marine science

Forty Indigenous and Torres Strait Island students toured AIMS and the SeaSim facility as part of a pilot initiative to inspire Indigenous secondary school students to pursue careers in marine...

Coral chemicals protect against warming oceans

Nature paper reveals coral animals produce the ‘smell of the ocean’ - influencing cloud formation and protecting themselves against rising seawater temperatures.

Ocean prize for 'assisted' coral evolution

AIMS researcher, Dr Madeleine van Oppen and Dr Ruth Gates from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology have won the Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge award for their proposed work on selecting genetic...

Sharks increase reef resilience

Healthy shark populations may aid the recovery of coral reefs whose futures are threatened throughout the globe, according to a new study from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Solving the ocean's mysteries with the world's smartest aquarium

The National Sea Simulator, a world-class experimental research facility at AIMS was officially opened on 1st August 2013 by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the...

Early victims of ocean acidification could go extinct this century

Increasing ocean acidification could lead to the extinction of an entire class of marine organisms by 2100 say a team of scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Remote reefs can be tougher than they look

Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine...

Climate change a 'mixed bag' for Pacific Island fisheries and aquaculture

Research by an international, multidisciplinary team of scientists suggests that predicted climate change in the tropical Pacific region will create winners and losers in both fisheries and...

12 December 2012 - Winning combination of bacteria found to combat deadly marine pathogen

Research conducted at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has delivered promising results in combating Vibrio owensii - a bacterium that is responsible for mass mortalities of...

5 December 2012 - Love doesn't hurt - ecotourism has no long-term effect on whale sharks

Whale shark ecotourism is a rapidly growing industry throughout the world. Although conservationists argue that this type of business is “win-win” -

6 December 2012 - AIMS appoints new Science and Business Leader in WA

Dr Stephen Rogers has been appointed as the new AIMS Science and Business Leader in Western Australia and takes up the position in Perth this week.

2 October 2012 - The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in the last 27 years

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study...

12 September 2012 Surveying an Australian marine frontier

A unique voyage of discovery into open waters off northern Australia starts today, when an Australian Government research vessel with 11 marine scientists aboard leaves Broome.

27 July 2012 Weird and wonderful deep sea plankton

A research trip to the Coral Sea has just returned to the AIMS, bringing with it new information on weird and wonderful sea creatures. The Research Vessel Cape Ferguson visited the northernmost...