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, Shell and INPEX announce a unique partnership to develop comprehensive environmental baselines to monitor the health of waters off North Western Australia. Read more.
Scientists have discovered ‘hidden' coral species diversity by applying a combined approach of DNA analysis, skeleton examination and ecological observations. Read more.
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 coral reefs. Read more.
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, for new drugs to treat conditions such as cancer and bone disease. Read more.
Forty Indigenous and Torres Strait Island students toured AIMS and the National Sea Simulator facility as part of a pilot initiative to inspire Indigenous secondary school students to pursue careers in marine science and management. Read more.
Dr Madeleine van Oppen (AIMS) and Dr Ruth Gates (Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology) have won the Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge award for their proposed work on selecting genetic traits in corals that will enable them to cope better with the stresses imposed by acidifying and warming oceans. Read more.
Healthy shark populations may aid the recovery of coral reefs whose futures are threatened throughout the globe, according to a new study. The link has been found by long-term monitoring of reefs off Australia's northwest coast, and showed that where shark numbers were lower due to fishing, herbivores – important fishes in promoting reef health – were also significantly lower in number. Read more.
The $35 million National Sea Simulator (SeaSim), a research aquarium that can get closer to replicating the conditions of the open ocean; a reef lagoon; or flooding rivers, that any other facility in the world, was officially opened. 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.