Coral reef studies and coastal marine systems
Climate records: past, present and future
Western Australia’s spectacular coastline, from the sub-tropics of the north to the cool waters of the south, offers diverse environments for UWA researchers to lead research projects that examine the interaction of physical, chemical and biological processes in shaping this varied coastline. Such studies are critical for understanding current and future climate change and the resulting impacts on coastal environments.
Ningaloo Reef is a major coral reef system rivaling the Great Barrier Reef of northeastern Australia that provides a central focus for our research and teaching in marine geoscience. Research activities focus on important aspects such as understanding how changing ocean temperatures and pH affect the ability of marine organisms to grow their skeletons or shells. Projects using novel isotopic systems, such as boron, seek to reconstruct older ocean conditions and examine how they have changed.
Our world-leading research is based on state-of-the art facilities with opportunity for researchers to collaborate nationally and internationally.
32nd in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS 2018)
1st in Australia for Environmental Science (ARWU 2017)
Collaborations and research partners
UWA Oceans Institute
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, the UWA Oceans Institute is supporting and promoting smart, sustainable and secure use of oceans to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing global population.
Our team also works with other research partners, including:
Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia have found some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry.Read more
Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered
A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.Read more
CentresOur collaborative centres are producing leading research to understand, protect and preserve our coastal marine systems.
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth Sciences applies geoscience to understand the complex processes that shape our planet.
Master of Geoscience
Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience.
PhD opportunities in Science
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Restoring and maintaining balance in our natural environment
Our environmental research at UWA is protecting biodiversity and helping keep man-made climate change in check.