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Multi-modal sexual displays in Australian humpback dolphins

Multi-modal sexual displays in Australian humpback dolphins

Sexual displays enriched by object carrying serve to increase individual male fitness, yet are uncommon phenomena in the animal kingdom. While they have been documented in a variety of taxa, primarily birds, they are rare outside non-human mammals. Here, we document ...
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Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks

Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks

We determined the conditions under which MPAs can effectively protect sharks along a wide gradient of reef accessibility, from the vicinity of a regional capital towards remote areas ...
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Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records

Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records

We compiled 10 years of commercial fishing records from the Sea Around Us Project and derived relative abundance indices from standardized catch rates. We used these indices to map pelagic hotspots over a 0.5 deg. grid ...
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Science that matters

Our goal is to make a difference

Our research boasts high academic and real-life impacts. It is used to directly inform and influence both policy and management actions on national and international scales. We are also a member group of the Ocean Science Council of Australia (OSCA), an independent consortium of leading Australian experts concerned with advancing marine conservation.

Prof. Jessica Meeuwig (middle) was a finalist in the 2012 WA Science Ambassador Awards  

Multidisciplinary approach

Our skill set is as broad as our range of interests

With strong expertise in areas such as quantitative and behavioural ecology, statistical modelling, environmental monitoring, molecular biology, or wildlife genetics.

Teamwork focus

When it comes to ocean conservation, two brains are often better than one

We collaborate both nationally and internationally to deliver on-the-ground outcomes and tackle problems of local, regional and global significance.

Big picture thinking

Our vision is global, with partnerships and field programmes in most ocean basins either side of the Equator.

Past and current sampling sites include: Western Australia, Palau, New Caledonia, the Chagos Archipelago, Tonga, French Polynesia, the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens), The Philippines, Clipperton, the Revillagegido Islands, and the Gulf of Oman.