What would happen to baby coral if an oil spill occurs? AIMS scientists have shown UV light changes the effects of the chemical compounds in petroleum oil, amplifying the toxicity towards young corals.

oil pollution research

Australia’s marine industry contributes more than $80 billion annually to the national economy according to a report released today.

Ships in a harbour

AIMS research into fast-tracking the adaptation of corals to warming oceans has received a welcome boost from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Madeleine van Oppen next to coral tank

The annual Reef snapshot: summer 2020-21 has been released today by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and CSIRO.

coral reef from the air

We’re entering a mysterious, deep and dark dimension – the twilight zone of Ashmore Reef - with Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the RV Falkor

fan corals on a deep reef

In a world-first, scientists have peeled back yet another layer of complexity to the inner workings of corals with the discovery of a new bacterial relationship.

Scientist discover new bacterial relationship - Justin Maire

A new study has shown climate change will have serious consequences for the ability of baby corals to cope with elevated sediments occurring inshore in the Great Barrier Reef.

PhD Student Christopher Brunner conducting experiment

Surveys from the AIMS Long Term Monitoring Program have returned good news from the southern Great Barrier Reef, showing offshore reefs suffered little impact from moderate bleaching during the 2019-20 mass coral bleaching event.   

AIMS team monitoring southern reefs

The AIMS water quality team have recommenced field sampling in the coastal waters of the Fitzroy region in the southern Great Barrier Reef, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

white and blue vessel in ocean in front of green island