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Coral Sea, Reef Life Survey.  Image Rick Stuart-Smith, UTAS
11 November 2015

Citizen scientists change understanding of how global warming affects marine biodiversity

11 November 2015, London

A new study by University of Tasmania researchers and international collaborators has found that a key element of future changes in the distribution of marine biodiversity resulting from ocean warming is not as closely related to local warming rates as previously assumed.

Published today in the prestigious international journal Nature, the research shows that the proportion of fish and invertebrate species expected to disappear from ...

Banded coral shrimp and Reef Life Survey diver at Lord Howe Island.
28 October 2015

Minister dives into Marine Biodiversity Hub

Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.

After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).

The NESP is a six-...

Great Hammerhead shark.  Credit: Andy Murch, Oceanwide Images
27 October 2015

Why is a predator perfected by millions of years suddenly unfit for the sea?

Hammerhead sharks have declined in number by more than 90% in parts of world, and their conservation is high on the global agenda. In Australia, three hammerhead species are being considered for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

A new Marine Biodiversity Hub project is supporting the listing process by investigating the sharks’ population structure in Australian and neighbouring nations. Where appropriate, the project will work with...

Nick Perkins, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS
27 October 2015

Precision scoring for deep reef imagery

From his desktop at Taroona south of Hobart, Nick Perkins has a great view of reef habitats that lie beyond the reach of scuba.

For his PhD with the Marine Biodiversity Hub and University of Tasmania, and his masters’ research before it, Nick has viewed hundreds of thousands of images snapped by the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sirius.

As well as mapping reef communities during these epic stop-motion adventures, Nick is devising ways of analysing AUV imagery...

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub Final Report 2011-2015
5 September 2015

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub final report published

The 2011-2015 Final Report of the National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub is available online and in hard copy. The dynamic, searchable website includes photos, videos, maps and animations showcasing more than 40 research projects and can be browsed by region or research topic. Read the newsletter...

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and IMAS Scientist Neville Barrett
11 March 2015

AUV provides imagery to assess southern marine reserve

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast.  Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania.  The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...

4 February 2015

Travel down Kakadu's West Alligator River on the search for threatened river sharks

Travel down Kakadu's West Alligator River with Hub scientist Peter Kyne as he surveys the endangered Northern River Shark and critically endangered Speartooth shark.

These river shark surveys have been undertaken during research for the Marine Biodiversity Hub project "Supporting management of listed and rare species", a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries and CSIRO. 

See videos and other resources on this...
Walking on your hands.  Pink Handfish.  Copyright: Karen Gowlett-Holmes
7 January 2015

Exhibition of marine biodiversity images


Ensuring a future for life in Australia's oceans

The Marine Biodiversity Hub’s exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010.  It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia. 

The exhibition contains images from Hub partners (and a few more), and was curated by Mark Norman, Head of Science at Museum Victoria.

Our aim is to reach out to the general public (especially school students) and raise their awareness...

School of Moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus) Lord Howe Is Marine Park. Image
12 December 2014

Minister announces funding for Marine Biodiversity Hub

Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...


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