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, 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.
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.