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List of News and Media Articles

2018
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Marine safety technology tracks spawning coral slicks
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International marine scientists join forces to advance coral restoration
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Multibeam technology helping Australian scientists understand the seafloor
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Reproduction research a new hope for tough breed of coral
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World first seismic sound experiment conducted off NW Australia
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Reef fish show signs of marine debris in their gut
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Best of coral bleaching research bound in perpetuity
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Scientists make breakthrough in war against crown-of-thorns starfish
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Seafaring robots break new ground during trial on the Great Barrier Reef
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AIMS researchers step aboard international ocean observatory
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Reef’s massive size may be an asset in helping it withstand climate change
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AIMS welcomes first Indigenous engagement co-ordinator
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Toward a marine science plan for the Northern Territory
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From reefs to ice: A life changing journey to Antarctica
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Scientists combine forces to find solutions to biofouling
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Next generation Reef monitoring
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AIMS sails into first Australia-NZ research ship collaboration
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Reef fish lose sound hook
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Good variety of genes buys time for coral reefs
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Genetic diversity is key to coral survival
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Tiny plastics are potentially dangerous for turtles too
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Flags raise new chapter of commitment to traditional owners
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Fish may hold secret to crown-of-thorns starfish control
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Protected marine areas allow reef shark numbers to recover
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Marine animals explore the ocean in similar ways
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Splitting the science over coral spawning
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Saving the Great Barrier Reef through new science partnerships
2017
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Taking stock of a thorny issue: 30 years of crown-of-thorns starfish research on the Great Barrier Reef
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Start of summer will see all eyes on the Great Barrier Reef
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Coral makes rare charter flight
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Coral spawning to begin this week on the Great Barrier Reef
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Understanding the feeding role of tiger sharks
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The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science
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Autonomous technology helps scientists put eyes on Great Barrier Reef
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Early signs that bleached coral reefs could recover
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New technologies can help preserve coral reefs
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Giant sea snails join the fight to save the Reef
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Study uncovers value of shark dive tourism
Townsville students submerged in marine science
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Can corals survive climate change?
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New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
Public tours restart at the Australian Institute of Marine Science after refurbishment
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AIMS hosts Chinese research delegation
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AIMS National Sea Simulator in fish saving research
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New centre enables largest marine research capability in the Indian Ocean rim
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AIMS Council appointment
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New CEO for Australia’s marine science agency
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Long-term monitoring update to condition of the Great Barrier Reef
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Solar powered Great Barrier Reef research at AIMS
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Cracking the crown-of-thorns starfish communication code may signal their demise
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Exceptional fish diversity found on Australia’s north-west oceanic shoals
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Australia’s burgeoning ‘blue economy’
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Extent and severity of 2016 coral bleaching on Australia’s coral reefs revealed
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Second wave of mass bleaching unfolding on Great Barrier Reef
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AIMS’ top female scientist travels to the ‘end of the world’ to elevate the role of women in science
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Sneezing corals: Mucous sheets and sediment exposure
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Towards progressive coral reef conservation and restoration
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More intense cyclones pose threat to the world’s coral reefs
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Top honour bestowed on former AIMS researcher
2016
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AIMS, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences sign joint research agreement
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Taking stock of the 2016 mass coral bleaching event
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SeaSim readies itself for the 2016 mass spawning event
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Teenage male whale sharks don’t want to leave home
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Effects of coal on early life history processes of coral
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What’s on the menu for NW Australia’s flatback sea turtles?
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Sponges potential ‘winners’ in the face of climate change
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Boeing Australia, AIMS partner on innovative marine technologies to monitor health of the Great Barrier Reef
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Why ocean acidification matters to zooplankton, a coral’s primary food source
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AIMS celebrates achievements of successful Earthwatch partnership
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Proving elusive: a safe space for reef sharks
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Crown-of-thorns starfish vision revealed for the first time
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Playing on fears: Exploring the use of the Pacific triton for mitigating crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks
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Renewed partnership secures exciting future for marine science
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Scientists document the extinction of WA’s Great Southern Reef kelp forests
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Limiting global warming to save coral reefs
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AIMS at ICRS17 June 2016
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Major study reveals marine sponges are a reservoir of exceptional microbial diversity
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Genetic secrets of algae provide vital insight into coral bleaching
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Nature’s history books all tell the same story
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Townsville sector reefs continue to improve since Cyclone Yasi – latest monitoring report now available
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The facts on Great Barrier Reef coral mortality
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Virtual Reality meets marine science in 360⁰
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Better science, better management: Advances in coral genetic research to optimise reef management
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ATSIMS students dive into marine science
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AIMS northwest Australian coral bleaching update
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Blinded by the light – tracking baby sea turtles
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Coal shipping threat to Great Barrier Reef
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Coral stress test found in the genes
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AIMS GBR bleaching monitoring update
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Scientists provide a clear view of the Great Barrier Reef’s murky waters
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26 April: Promiscuity may help corals survive bleaching events
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Western Australian reefs feel the heat from global bleaching event
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15 April: AIMS and Chinese counterpart to establish Sino-Australian Centre for Healthy Coasts
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05 April: Condition of Great Barrier Reef corals before the mass bleaching event in 2016
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National Coral Taskforce unleashes an armada of experts
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Ten years of satellite data shows land management key to protecting the Reef
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Great Barrier Reef no-take marine reserves protect much more than just the fish
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Great Barrier Reef pollution controls ‘not sufficient’ according to leading scientists
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AIMS takes coral bleaching to task
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27 March: Shining a light on baby turtle travels
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Where have the largest whale sharks gone?
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Where have the largest whale sharks gone?
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14 March: A horizon scan of marine animal movement ecology reveals most pressing research questions
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National Coral Bleaching Taskforce puts plan into effect as bleaching intensifies
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National Coral Bleaching Taskforce keeping a close watch on the Reef
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19 February: Improving water security for Great Palm Island
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Evolving coral reef conservation
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Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage
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03 February: Most vulnerable tropical reef fish identified in new study
2015
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21 December: The GBR at your fingertips
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17 December: Seen one reef, seen them all? Australian reefs reveal shared secrets
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08 December: Latest field survey results show strong coral recovery in the southern reefs of the GBR
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08 December: Latest field survey results show strong coral recovery in the southern reefs of the GBR
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04 December: For the love of AIMS – Celebrating 20 years of volunteer service
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SCUBA divers are helping researchers to monitor sharks
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30 November: Timing is everything - SeaSim readies itself for the GBR's 2015 coral spawning event
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26 November: Chasing “Amy” - A mission to uncover the possibilities of automated data collection
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24 November: Genetics reveal extent of killer seastar population explosions
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04 November: Prestigious “Bommies Award” recognises up-and-coming AIMS marine microbiologist
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23 October: West Australian corals shed light on cause of marine heat waves
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Early warning signs of widespread coral bleaching in 2016
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25 September: Coral recovery on the isolated reefs of the Keppel Islands
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15 September: The secret to becoming an ocean giant
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10 September: Postdoctoral award for former AIMS@JCU Student, Jean-Baptiste Raina
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08 September: Coral bleaching – How much does ocean acidification contribute?
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19 August: A fish's first "words"
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11 August: "A Vision in Blue" - Ten year plan for science, helping drive Australia’s growing blue economy
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03 August: Traditional topping out event marks milestone for new Indian Ocean marine research centre
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04 August: Paul G. Allen supports coral reef research to reverse rapid decline
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04 August: Paul G. Allen supports coral reef research to reverse rapid decline
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07 July: Sharks on film! Global shark and ray survey begins at 400 reefs
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07 July: Sharks on film! Global shark and ray survey begins at 400 reefs
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02 July: Estuaries to oceans - Science and sustainability conference
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26 June: Corals already have the genes to adapt to warmer oceans
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26 June: Corals already have the genes to adapt to warmer oceans
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21 May: Extreme flooding more frequent on the Great Barrier Reef: Evidence from coral core luminescence
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30 April: Expedition to Ningaloo - Tiger shark studies aid conservation and human safety
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17 April: Kimberley exploration - Scientific voyage to the deep sea
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“Voyage of discovery” yields hotspot of diversity and new species
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09 April: Roadmap to recovery for the world's reef fishes…where the magic number for fish is - one tonne
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09 April: Roadmap to recovery for the world's reef fishes…where the magic number for fish is - one tonne
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09 April: Roadmap to recovery for the world's reef fishes…where the magic number for fish is - one tonne
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06 April: A window into the future reveals a grim reality for crustose coralline algae
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27 March: Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones
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27 March: Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones
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25 March: Independent report brings together knowledge on dredging and disposal
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25 March: The state of knowledge of dredging and disposal in the Great Barrier Reef
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25 March: Independent report brings together knowledge on dredging and disposal
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13 February: Unveiling the secrets of long-distance migration of tiger sharks
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13 February: Unveiling the secrets of long-distance migration of tiger sharks
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12 February: Crown of Thorns thriving as ocean temperatures rise
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12 February: Crown of Thorns thriving as ocean temperatures rise
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03 February: Assisted Evolution - Giving some hope for coral reef survival
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03 February: Assisted Evolution - Giving some hope for coral reef survival
2014
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Coral chemicals protect against warming oceans
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The Triton that ate the Crown-of-Thorns
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03 December: Do pufferfish hold their breath while inflated?
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02 December: New AIMS dive boat set for spawning season
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20 November: New ocean observing tower erected at Myrmidon Reef, Great Barrier Reef
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17 November: How techniques for analysing smart phone data will help marine species
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31 October: Spawning preparation underway in SeaSim
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28 October: Sponges will thrive as many corals decline from ocean acidification
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9 October: Inshore reefs of the GBR especially vulnerable to ocean acidification
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9 October: Inshore reefs of the GBR especially vulnerable to ocean acidification
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Estimating the diversity of life
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24 September: Memorandum of Understanding for licensing of AIMS Bioresources Library to Griffith University
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11 Sep: Sharks more abundant on healthy coral reefs
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10 September: Postdoctoral award for former AIMS@JCU Student, Jean-Baptiste Raina
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6 Sep: A lifeline of resilience for coral reefs
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Threatened Species Day 2014
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8 August: Young marine scientists showcase their work in Townsville
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30 July: SeaSim technician awarded QTA North Queensland 'Apprentice of the Year'
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28 July: Global study shows that healthy rivers help create healthy reefs
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17 July: New study links dredging to diseased corals
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Sharks increase reef resilience
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Indigenous students learn about a marine science future
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27 May: Abundance as important as rarity for biodiversity
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Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators
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Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators
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Ocean prize for 'assisted' coral evolution
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Early victims of ocean acidification could go extinct this century
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1 April: Corals don't lie: centuries of rising sea levels and temperature data revealed
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AIMS and partners win smart IT award for unifying scientific monitoring with images
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17 Feb 2014: AIMS partners with Shell and INPEX to help protect against oil spills
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'Hidden' and new species of coral identified by AIMS scientists
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Drug potential from Great Barrier Reef sea sponges ready for commercial development
2011
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23 November 2011- Scientific sleuths pinpoint the guilty coral killers
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10 November 2011 - MoU between AIMS and NOAA promises further research collaboration
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9 November 2011 - Increased acidity not an even test for coral reefs
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27 September 2011 - World-first discovery can 'help save coral reefs'
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24 August 2011 - How many species
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29 June 2011 - Darwin Harbour early focus for North Australian marine research
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30 May 2011 - CO2 seeps in PNG
30 May 2011 - CO2 seeps in PNG
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5 May 2011- Taiwan Visit
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2 May 2011 - 'Million-Dollar Reef Sharks' an Economic Driver for Palau..
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6 April 2011 - Young marine science students to showcase their work
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30 March 2011- Lobster Super Mum delivers
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15 February 2011 - Deep-sea Lanternfish
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9 February 2011- climate becoming more extreme
9 February 2011- climate becoming more extreme
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17 January 2011 - Ocean scientists to investigate humpback whales
2010
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AIMS scientists successfully recover record-breaking coral sea traveller
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Scientists confirm key fish nursery at Ningaloo
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Reef life a winner in ARC Fellowships
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Search begins for new AIMS CEO
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Lost beach buoy discovered in North Queensland
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Scientists Assessing the Perfect Aquarium Rock Lobsters
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Largest study of water quality effects on Great Barrier Reef
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North Queenslanders asked to help name new oceans facility
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Carbon emissions threaten fish
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Australia and Taiwan collaborate
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Climate change research on coral reefs
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Investigation of ship grounding site
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Pprotection boosts Australia's Great Barrier Reef
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sponges- WA waters teeming with biodiversity
2009
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AIMS CEO reappointment
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AIMS researcher wins prestigious national award
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$48 billion marine industries worth more than agriculture
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Massive corals help unlock climate change secrets in Western Australia
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Shark mothers provide critical life support for newborn pups
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Shark mothers provide critical life support for newborn pups
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AIMS nails top national health and safety award
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Minister Garrett announces multimillion - dollar boost to CReefs
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Research reveals cyclone's ravages on the Reef
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Seven wonders listing a natural for the GBR
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$55M Boost to tropical marine science
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Coral reefs, seaweed
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Search for female whale sharks
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New leader for AIMS WA
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Tropical marine science gets $55 million budget boost
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CReefs marine science project inspiring BHP Billiton staff
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Baby fish shaped by mothers' stress
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Research shows herbicides a concern to Reef
Tropical sponges
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Reef shark movements at Ningaloo Reef
Support builds for automated reef watch
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UWA and AIMS provide $2 million boost for WA marine science
Reef shark movements at Ningaloo Reef
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Setting direction for $38B marine industry
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Marine pollution expert heads AIMS in Darwin
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Coral disease found to have similar MO to cholera
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Stars of the sea falling to human-induced perils
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New program monitors climate change on Ningaloo coral and fish
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Hard core data shows 14 per cent drop in coral growth on GBR since 1990
2008
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Broad-ranging book shows how coral bleaching is shaping the future of coral reefs
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AIMS Index values marine industries at $38 billion and rising fast
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Scientists Report Major Steps towards 1st Census of Marine Life
Urgent action on international coral reef crisis
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New AIMS facility will help scientists show why life is a symbiosis
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Fishy future written in the genes
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Multiple threats to coral biodiversity lend urgency to scientific inventory of life on Australia's famous reefs
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Warmer seas likely to promote coral disease
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Sea sponges and their microbes hit the wall at 33 degrees
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Harnessing good bacteria to move rock lobster aquaculture forward
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Researchers look to microbes for clues to climate change and future energy
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Climate zones shift south as Australia's northern oceans warm
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World leading Australian research to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change
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GBR protected from crown-of-thorns attacks by no-take zones
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Devastating coral disease may have bacterial cause
Protected fish stage a comeback
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Third wave of crown-of-thorns fading away
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AIMS chief heads up Census of Marine Life governing body
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Automated tool to aid decision making for sea cage aquaculture managers
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Digital Skin to cover Great Barrier Reef
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Unlucky reef shark leads researchers to better understanding
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Baseline environmental study of WA's Scott Reef
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First Australian CReefs expedition underway this week
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Corals in the Keppel Is region form new heat-beating partnerships
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Reef fish lose their way as environment turns hostile
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Media alert - Ocean Acidification workshop
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Slowed coral growth on the GBR
2007
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New theory of corals' ability to adapt to climate change
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New Science Leader in Marine Microbiology announced at AIMS
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A new state of the art marine research vessel for Australia
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Farewell to the RV Lady Basten
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$3.4 million partnership to support reef research
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New genetic approaches unveil cryptic microbial algae in reef coral
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Distant reef fish populations respond to climate in synchrony
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Robotic revolution at Ningaloo: First major scientific mission for the Underwater Robot Sirius
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Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Fight to survive heats up for reef fish
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Gentle Giant's Numbers in Decline
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Tropical Marine Science Boosted in the Commonwealth Budget
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Sharks tagged off the Northern Territory Coast
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Coral Disease Linked to Warming
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Floods muddy waters off the Great Barrier Reef
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Torres Strait Ready for Sponge Farm
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Science Panel Outlines Roadmap for Reducing Risks from Climate Change
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Arafura Timor Research Facility
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Corals get respite from Crown-of-thorns
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Pesticides compound climate risk to reef
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GBR a Hot Topic as the World Warms to Climate Change
2006
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Australian-Indonesian project to improve aquaculture in coastal environments
Frontiers of Marine Science Stretched by Census Experts
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Shallow water corals killed by rainstorm
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Great Barrier Reef damaged by severe tropical cyclone Larry
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AIMS tightens belt due to rising cost of research
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New species records possible from French Frigate Shoals.
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Marine research vessel to be built
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Marine scientists
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Scientists and fishermen work together to maintain shark stocks
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State-of-the art airborne imaging completes first digital map of Ningaloo Marine Park
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Fish Surveys Demonstrate Benefit Of New Reef Zoning Plan
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New Guinea's remote reefs get Aussie health check
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Crown-of-thorns starfish alert
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Scientists warn of serious environmental harm in Asia Pacific
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Ningaloo Marine Parks
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Marine Sensor Network
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Fantasea Cruises' new Onboard Radiometer will aid vital Climate Research
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Snapshot of life deep in the Great Barrier Reef
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The Keppels
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Scientists to study coral reefs worldwide: Marine Scientists Going Down for the Count