Townsville is preparing to be dazzled by twenty young marine scientists who are each presenting their research today. Read More
AIMS’ Steven Green was awarded the ‘Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year’ at the 2014 North Queensland Regional Final of the Queensland Training Awards. Read More
Researchers from AIMS and the CSIRO have shown that coral reefs will benefit from improved river and catchment management. “By looking at examples where agricultural management has improved coastal water quality and ecosystems around the world, we can now better inform catchment management for future protection of coastal coral reefs,” said AIMS Marine Ecologist, Dr Frederieke Kroon. Read more
In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. Read more
The International Virtual Environment Centre (iVEC), AIMS and other partners won a prestigious Incite award from the WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAiTTA) in Perth recently. Read more
The Australian Institute of Marine Science and a team of international researchers have published a study today in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that dismisses the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity'. The study is important as it shows that the really abundant species of plants and animals often offer the most ecosystem services, such as providing habitats for fishes, or keeping reefs clear of seaweed. Read more
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 dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators. Read more.
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 unique coral reefs of Western Australia are affected by changing ocean currents and water temperatures. The findings give new insights into how La Niña, a climate swing in the tropical Pacific, affects the Leeuwin current and how our oceans are changing. Read more.
AIMS researchers continue to monitor and evaluate the effects of cyclones on coral reefs in Australia
As sea water temperatures along the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) reach their warmest during the summer months, this is the time of year when corals are most at risk from heat-induced bleaching.
Through ocean observing technologies, AIMS keeps a close watch on coral reefs along the GBR, providing data fundamental to an ‘early warning system' for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to detect and respond to mass coral bleaching events. Read more.
Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) are major predator of corals.They exhibit population explosions and can be a major cause for coral loss on reefs, as has been documented on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
AIMS is engaged in research to understand the causes of COTS population explosions and to develop new methods to control outbreaks. Through its Long-Term Monitoring Program, the Institute also actively monitors changes in COTS populations along the GBR. The program makes an important contribution to the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report, the Australian Government's five-yearly assessment of the state of the GBR. Read more.