Developing future leaders in Tropical Marine Science
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Launched in November 2020, AIMS@UWA is an alliance between UWA and AIMS to employ marine science academics jointly in areas where our goals and interests overlap, with a focus on tropical marine science. Research under this partnership emphasises applied science with impact, underpinned by fundamental environmental research. Projects will address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders having interests in the care and stewardship of tropical marine environment including industry, policy and decision makers, and local communities.
The AIMS@UWA program will provide an unprecedented opportunity for students and researchers in Western Australia to work collaboratively and provide a platform for world-class training in marine science.
Karen Miller, Research Program Director at AIMS WA
AIMS is delighted to partner with UWA on this important program, which signals an on-going and enduring commitment to develop the best marine science talent in the world, focused on issues of relevance and value to Western Australia and the planet’s oceans.
Paul Hardisty, AIMS CEO
Meet the AIMS@UWA researchers
The current cohort of AIMS@UWA researchers includes 13 PhD Students alongside more senior researchers.
Dr Luke Thomas
Luke's research focuses on reef-building corals and combines genomic and transcriptomic tools with physiological and ecological data on projects related to gene flow, adaption, recovery and ecosystem monitoring.
Dr Camille Grimaldi
Camille is a physical oceanographer working as an AIMS@UWA Post-doctoral Research Associate.
She recently completed her PhD looking at the oceanographic drivers of reef hydrodynamic, connectivity and thermodynamics of a coral reef atoll.
Dr Catarina Serra-Gonçalves
Catarina's background is largely focused on uncovering the complexities of human impacts on ecosystems, mainly working with marine pollution and community-based conservation projects. For her PhD, she researched the effectiveness of mitigation strategies aimed to reduce marine debris in the environment (from local to national) by working closely with Australian communities and Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
Catarina is now a Post-doctoral Research Associate at UWA@AIMS, researching sources and sinks of marine debris in Western Australia.
Dr James Kemp
James is a systems engineer and data scientist working as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with AIMS@UWA.
His work will explore machine learning using acoustic and video data from sites around Australia, with applications in in ecosystem research, remote sensing and species identification, and environmental health prediction.
Molly-Mae’s research focuses on elucidating the factors driving successful coral recruitment, a fundamental process underpinning coral reef resilience and recovery. She is using novel ecological modelling and field techniques, including photogrammetry, to improve our understanding of the abiotic, biotic, and ecological processes influencing fine-scale patterns of coral larval settlement and post-settlement survival.
Teresa's project focuses on the effects of fish-coral interactions on coral physiology and ecology. She will include molecular techniques such as metabarcoding and transcriptomics to analyze how fish affect microbial signatures and gene expression profiles of reef-building corals.
Ben’s research focuses on the movements and behavioural patterns of sharks along the coast of Australia using biologger tags to characterise fundamental aspects of fine scale behavioural patterns and link them to large scale migratory movements.
Clelia is interested in understanding what types of ecological interaction underpin the ecosystem functioning in tropical shallow water, considering the complexity of the seascape rather than single habitats.
Dean’s research takes a focus on fish populations within a reef restoration context. Using genomics and transcriptomics he is exploring the population structure and regional adaptive variation of reef fish within WA.
AIMS@UWA builds on our successful past collaborations. UWA looks forward to expanding our joint research and opportunities for research student training, to address research needs in our tropical marine areas
Tim Colmer, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UWA
Want to make a difference to tropical marine science?
Over the next few months and years, we anticipate new co-funded, AIMS@UWA Postdoctoral research positions in subjects such as marine plastic mitigation, machine learning in tropical marine science, blue carbon, eDNA for ecological monitoring.
There will also be co-supervised PhD positions, with a strong focus on work integrated learning to prepare these students for future tropical marine leadership roles.
Interested to find out more?
Reach out to us at [email protected] or by calling +61 8 6488 8116.