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17th July, 2014
10th July, 2014
Fish larvae on the Great Barrier Reef can find their way home after weeks of drifting in the sea even where the currents are strong, thanks to their senses of smell and hearing, researchers have found.
3rd July, 2014
2nd July, 2014
Reef biologists over a certain age are haunted by memories of what glorious places Caribbean reefs once were. In our youth we studied them for all sorts of reasons but scarcely thought about reef conservation. We took the reefs for granted.
2nd July, 2014
With this week marking the tenth anniversary of the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, prominent marine scientists from around the world have gathered in Canberra to discuss its successes - both expected and unexpected.
2nd July, 2014
Like humans, fish prefer to group with individuals with whom they are familiar, rather than strangers. This gives numerous benefits including higher growth and survival rates, greater defence against predators and faster social learning. However, high carbon dioxide levels, such as those anticipated by climate change models, may hinder the ability of fish to recognise one another and form groups with familiar individuals.
27th June, 2014
27th May, 2014
Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.
21st May, 2014
This Thursday, 40 high school students will embark on an exclusive five-day excursion to Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef as part of the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science (ATSIMS) initiative.
29th April, 2014
Researchers have found that increasing ocean temperatures due to climate change will soon see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected and potentially more vulnerable.
14th April, 2014
3rd April, 2014
A new study published in the international journal Nature Communications has revealed how Western Australia's coral reefs have been affected by changing ocean currents, rising sea surface temperatures and sea level variability.
11th February, 2014
4th February, 2014
7th January, 2014
24th December, 2013
4th December, 2013
27th November, 2013
We all know the feeling, it’s a hot summer afternoon and you have no appetite and don’t want to do anything apart from lay on the couch. A team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has shown that ocean warming may make some large reef fish feel the same way.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teens merge traditional ecological knowledge with marine science on Orpheus Island
29th October, 2013
Few get to experience Orpheus Island in their lifetime, but this weekend a team of 40 high school students embark on an overnight trip to the island on the Great Barrier Reef as the very first participants in the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science (ATSIMS) initiative.
15th October, 2013
11th October, 2013
In a world-first, scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARC CoE) have shown that tropical corals have the ability to fight back against acidifying oceans caused by human emissions of carbon dioxide.
10th October, 2013
Seafood consumption is a major driver of overfishing and destruction of reef communities globally - but there are some encouraging signs that consumers may be willing to eat more sustainably. These research outcomes will be presented by Dr Mike Fabinyi of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Coral Reefs in the 21st Century symposium in Townsville on Friday 11th October.
3rd October, 2013
The current condition and future prospects of the world’s coral reefs will be in the spotlight at a symposium of leading marine scientists in Townsville on 10-11 October 2013. Coral Reefs in the 21st Century will present the latest research, management and policy developments in coral reef systems in Australia, our region, and globally. It will feature talks by more than 30 eminent coral reef and fish scientists on these vital marine ecosystems.
13th September, 2013
The worst impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to research by an international team of researchers.
2nd September, 2013
20th August, 2013
Research by an international team of marine scientists has found that sea anemones, which provide shelter for clownfish and 27 other fish species, are facing the same worldwide threat as coral reefs – bleaching and loss due to rising water temperatures.
19th August, 2013
14th August, 2013
Nemo may have found his way home, but when it comes to evolution, he and his friends encounter a whole different set of challenges. The challenges include hard and soft barriers, which affect the evolutionary path of coral reef fishes, according to Dr Peter Cowman.
13th August, 2013
Corals can survive the early stages of their development even under the tough conditions that rising carbon emissions will impose on them says a new study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
4th August, 2013
8th July, 2013
A remarkable discovery by an international team of marine scientists has found that tiny fish, no more than a few millimetres in length, avoid getting lost and eaten in the vast ocean and navigate their way to safety using a ‘sun compass’.
5th July, 2013
A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on July 5, shows that the snails will indeed be able to keep on jumping, even at temperatures which will kill fish.
1st July, 2013
17th June, 2013
6th June, 2013
Coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef devastated by cyclone Yasi were replenished by large numbers of coral larvae nine months after the cyclone. This finding by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) provides fresh hope for the ability of the world’s coral reefs to recover from destructive storms.
5th June, 2013
Fish with parasites attached to their heads have a stronger preference for left or right when facing a T-intersection, giving them an edge when it comes to escaping predators, research from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed.
30th May, 2013
Marine scientists from Australia and the USA today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish stocks now taking place around the world.
22nd May, 2013
Titanic forces in the Earth’s crust explain why the abundance and richness of corals varies dramatically across the vast expanse of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, a world-first study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has found.
10th May, 2013
Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 9th based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.
15th April, 2013