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Baby fish feeling the heat

28th January, 2016

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have found that long hot summers can wreak havoc on the development of coral reef fish.Baby fish feeling the heat

‘Twilight zone’ fish swim silently with forked tails

21st January, 2016

An international team of researchers has identified a way to predict which reef fish can live across a greater range of depths, from shallow depths to the mesophotic or ‘twilight zone’, increasing their chances of surviving natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching.‘Twilight zone’ fish swim silently with forked tails

Living fossils and rare corals revealed in the deep Coral Sea

19th January, 2016

An investigation of previously unexplored depths of Australia’s Coral Sea has revealed living fossils, rare corals and sponges, and ecosystems that have remained largely unchanged for millions of years.Living fossils and rare corals revealed in the deep Coral Sea

Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs

13th January, 2016

Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas (MPAs) are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs

Scientists discover rare sea snakes, previously thought extinct, off Western Australia

22nd December, 2015

Scientists have discovered two critically endangered species of sea snakes, previously thought to be extinct, off the coast of Western Australia. It’s the first time the snakes have been spotted alive and healthy since disappearing from their only known habitat on Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea more than fifteen years ago.Scientists discover rare sea snakes, previously thought extinct, off Western Australia

Targeted assistance needed to fight poverty in developing coastal communities

15th December, 2015

Researchers say there needs to be a better understanding of how conservation and aid projects in developing countries impact the people they are designed to help.Targeted assistance needed to fight poverty in developing coastal communities

Even thermally tolerant corals are in hot water when it comes to bleaching

2nd December, 2015

Scientists have discovered that corals adapted to naturally high temperatures, such as those off the north west coast of Australia, are nonetheless highly susceptible to heat stress and bleaching.Even thermally tolerant corals are in hot water when it comes to bleaching

Research uncovers how some coral can survive annual bleaching events

18th November, 2015

A study has found that coral with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand the impact of annual coral bleaching events, compared to coral with lower levels of fat reserves.Research uncovers how some coral can survive annual bleaching events

Distressed damsels cry for help

28th October, 2015

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have found that fish release a chemical ‘distress call’ when caught by predators, dramatically boosting their chances of survival.Distressed damsels cry for help

West Australian corals shed light on cause of marine heatwave

26th October, 2015

An international team of scientists led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Western Australia has analysed coral cores from three reefs in the eastern Indian Ocean to understand how marine heat waves unfold among the unique coral reefs of Western Australia.West Australian corals shed light on cause of marine heatwave

A Long Look Back at Fishes’ Extendable Jaws

9th October, 2015

When it comes to catching elusive prey, many fishes rely on a special trick: protruding jaws that quickly extend their reach to snap up that next meal. Now, researchers have found a clever way to trace the evolution of jaw protrusion in fishes over many millions of years.A Long Look Back at Fishes’ Extendable Jaws

Are fish the greatest athletes on the planet?

6th October, 2015

Scientists have discovered that fish are far more effective at delivering oxygen throughout their body than almost any other animal, giving them the athletic edge over other species.Are fish the greatest athletes on the planet?

Under pressure – what can be done to help the world’s oceans?

2nd October, 2015

A group of world leading marine scientists will be in Hobart this week to discuss the pressures caused by global change, and examine ways to improve management of marine ecosystems.Under pressure – what can be done to help the world’s oceans?

New weapon against the reef eaters

23rd September, 2015

James Cook University scientists have found a new weapon in the fight against Crown of Thorns starfish. They have found injecting the coral-eating pest with simple household vinegar kills it just as effectively as the current drug, which can be expensive and difficult to source.New weapon against the reef eaters

Centre of Excellence scientist named L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Australian Fellow 2015

8th September, 2015

Dr Jodie Rummer, a marine biologist with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, is one of four scientists from Australia and New Zealand to be recognised with the highly prestigious award.Centre of Excellence scientist named L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Australian Fellow 2015

Climate’s profound impact on marine biodiversity

25th August, 2015

New research into the impact of climate change has found that warming oceans will cause profound changes in the global distribution of marine biodiversity.Climate’s profound impact on marine biodiversity

Why offspring cope better with climate change – it’s all in the genes!

21st July, 2015

In a world first study, researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have unlocked the genetic mystery of why some species are able to adjust to warming oceans.Why offspring cope better with climate change – it’s all in the genes!

Ocean near tipping point scientists warn

3rd July, 2015

International ocean scientists have issued a blunt warning to world leaders ahead of the November 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21). They argue that any new global climate agreement must begin to minimise the mounting toll on the world’s oceans to prevent irreversible damage.Ocean near tipping point scientists warn

Greater protection needed for Great Barrier Reef’s magnificent table corals

30th June, 2015

Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University say more needs to be done to protect vulnerable table corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers studying the role of table corals have found that they provide vital sun protection for large fish in shallow reef areas.Greater protection needed for Great Barrier Reef’s magnificent table corals

Sediment makes it harder for baby Nemo to breathe easy

17th June, 2015

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have discovered that suspended sediment damages fish gills and can increase the rate of disease in fish.Sediment makes it harder for baby Nemo to breathe easy

Great Barrier Reef marine reserves combat coral disease

2nd June, 2015

A new and significant role for marine reserves on the Great Barrier Reef has been revealed, with researchers finding the reserves reduce the prevalence of coral diseases.Great Barrier Reef marine reserves combat coral disease

Tropical marine ecosystems most at threat from human impact

1st May, 2015

An international team of scientists has used a 23-million-year fossil record to calculate which marine animals and ecosystems are most at risk of extinction today. In a paper published in the journal Science, the researchers found those animals and ecosystems most threatened are predominantly in the tropics.Tropical marine ecosystems most at threat from human impact

Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

21st April, 2015

New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

Roadmap to recovery to inform coral reef management

9th April, 2015

A simple test of the number of fish living on a coral reef can be used as a roadmap to restore degraded reefs and fishers’ livelihoods according to a global study published in the journal Nature.Roadmap to recovery to inform coral reef management

We can fix the Great Barrier Reef

7th April, 2015

Leading coral reef scientists say Australia could restore the Great Barrier Reef to its former glory through better policies that focus on science, protection and conservation.We can fix the Great Barrier Reef

Equatorial fish babies in hot water

30th March, 2015

Scientists have discovered that rising ocean temperatures slow the development of baby fish around the equator, raising concerns about the impact of global warming on fish and fisheries in the tropics.Equatorial fish babies in hot water

Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones

27th March, 2015

Coral trout in protected ‘green zones’ are not only bigger and more abundant than those in fished ‘blue zones’ of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but they are also better able to cope with cyclone damage, according to a long-term study published in Current Biology.Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones

World Heritage sites risk collapse without stronger local management

20th March, 2015

Without better local management, the world’s most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in a study published in the journal Science.World Heritage sites risk collapse without stronger local management

Centre of Excellence in major study with Saudi university

3rd March, 2015

A JCU team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has been granted more than $600,000 to find out why fish exposed to high water temperatures have offspring that are born already acclimatised to the high temperatures.Centre of Excellence in major study with Saudi university

Perth Canyon expedition blog

25th February, 2015

A group of acclaimed scientists, led by Coral CoE Deputy Director Professor Malcolm McCulloch, will head into the unknown to explore the Perth Canyon, a deep ocean canyon the size of the Grand Canyon in the United States, which lies just 50 kilometres off Fremantle, WA. Follow the expedition here.Perth Canyon expedition blog

Centre of Excellence scientist named Pew Fellowship recipient

25th February, 2015

Professor Joshua Cinner, has been awarded one of the world’s top prizes for marine conservation. Professor Cinner, a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, is one of five distinguished scientists from around the world to receive a prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation this year.Centre of Excellence scientist named Pew Fellowship recipient

Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic

24th February, 2015

Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution.Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic

Deep sea expedition into the unexplored Perth canyon abyss

17th February, 2015

A group of acclaimed scientists will go where few others have gone before when they set out to unlock the secrets of a deep ocean canyon off Perth, the size of the USA's Grand Canyon.Deep sea expedition into the unexplored Perth canyon abyss

Professor Gary Russ recognised with institutional award from Silliman University

20th January, 2015

The recognition cited Dr. Russ for his pioneering, collaborative research work with the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) and the Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management (SUAKCREM) in developing and sustaining the University's marine research program on marine reserves from 1983 up to the present.Professor Gary Russ recognised with institutional award from Silliman University

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

15th January, 2015

Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won’t.Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

Climate and friends influence young corals choice of real estate

14th January, 2015

Researchers in Queensland have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.Climate and friends influence young corals choice of real estate

You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish

10th December, 2014

In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators.You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish



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