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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

Managing reefs to benefit coastal communities

3rd December, 2014

Coral reefs provide a range of benefits, such as food, opportunities for income and education, but not everyone has the same access to them, according to a new study conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.Managing reefs to benefit coastal communities

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef-builders cope with acidifying oceans

3rd December, 2014

While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs world wide, new research has found that some baby corals may be able to cope with the negative effects of ocean acidification.A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef-builders cope with acidifying oceans

Coral reef scientists win QLD Young Tall Poppy science awards

25th November, 2014

Coral CoE marine biologist, Dr Sue-Ann Watson has been named Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year. Dr Pip Cohen, a scientist with the international research centre, World Fish and a Coral CoE Adjunct Research Fellow is also a QLD Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient.Coral reef scientists win QLD Young Tall Poppy science awards

History’s lesson reveals depth of fish catch decline

18th November, 2014

Scientists in Queensland have used historic media to measure the decline in Queensland’s pink snapper fishery, highlighting a drop of almost 90 per cent in catch rates since the 19th Century.History’s lesson reveals depth of fish catch decline

Extinction risk not the answer for reef futures

17th November, 2014

Leading coral reef scientists in Australia and the USA say there needs to be a new approach to protecting the future of marine ecosystems, with a shift away from the current focus on extinction threat.Extinction risk not the answer for reef futures

Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

13th November, 2014

Conservation scientists say there needs to be a new approach to protecting offshore marine reserves.Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

12th November, 2014

A decision by G20 leaders to discuss climate change at their meeting in Brisbane this week is good news for the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say.Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

A sea change for marine conservation

10th November, 2014

Harnessing ‘people power’ to manage fisheries in the developing world has significantly benefited local communities and coral reefs, according to new research.A sea change for marine conservation

Arrested development – sediment wreaks havoc with fish larvae

23rd October, 2014

Sediments associated with dredging and flood plumes could have a significant impact on fish populations by extending the time required for the development of their larvae, according to Australian researchers.Arrested development – sediment wreaks havoc with fish larvae

Sheltering habits help sharks cope with acid oceans

16th October, 2014

Researchers have found that a shark's habitat can reduce its sensitivity to to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the water.Sheltering habits help sharks cope with acid oceans

Nemo's epic journey to find a new home

18th September, 2014

New research has found clownfish larvae can swim up to 400 kilometres in search of a new home, which makes them better able to cope with environmental change.Nemo’s epic journey to find a new home

Specialised species critical for reefs

16th September, 2014

One of Australia's leading coral reef ecologists fears that reef biodiversity may not provide the level of insurance for ecosystem survival that we once thought.Specialised species critical for reefs

New study links dredging to diseased corals

17th July, 2014

In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals.New study links dredging to diseased corals

Baby Nemos finding their way home

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.Baby Nemos finding their way home

Lessons from the West: Great Barrier Reef in danger

3rd July, 2014

Scientists at a coral reef symposium in Canberra this week are examining degraded reefs off the Northwest Australian coast in an effort to determine what lies ahead for the Great Barrier Reef.Lessons from the West: Great Barrier Reef in danger

From despair to repair: If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs

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.From despair to repair:  If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs

Decade of benefits for the Great Barrier Reef

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.Decade of benefits for the Great Barrier Reef

Climate change could stop fish finding their friends

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.Climate change could stop fish finding their friends

Spotlight on the coral reefs of the future

27th June, 2014

Prominent marine scientists from across the globe will gather on 3rd and 4th July in Canberra next week to discuss the future of coral reefs worldwide.Spotlight on the coral reefs of the future

New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

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.New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

Empowering our future Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander marine scientists

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.Empowering our future Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander marine scientists

More coral babies staying at home on future reefs

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.More coral babies staying at home on future reefs

Fish behaving badly on acid

14th April, 2014

In a world-first study published today, researchers have found that fish in the wild respond adversely to ocean acidification.Fish behaving badly on acid



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