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Wednesday 12 September 2018
According to Google Trends, in 2017 Australians were keen to know about tennis, Sophie Monk, fidget spinners and Bitcoin. But besides these arguably trivial queries, our Google searches also revealed our concerns about extreme weather events such as Cyclone Debbie, Hurricane Irma, and the Bali volcano.
Pim Bongaerts plunges into the deep on a visit to a mesophotic reef during the mass coral bleaching event of 2015-2016.  Photo: Pedro Frade
Wednesday 5 September 2018
A team of international marine scientists working with The University of Queensland has found evidence to suggest the 2016 coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef also affected deep reefs. Deep reefs are often considered a refuge from thermal anomalies caused by global ocean warming, but the research highlights limitations to this role and argues that both shallow and deep reefs are under threat of mass bleaching events. UQ Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the study, supported in part by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, emphasised the unfortunate vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef.
Brain Coral (Diploria cerebriformis) is found on coral reefs around the world. Photo: John Slayer
Monday 20 August 2018
The Great Barrier Reef is big, so big that scientists need public help to track its health. The UQ Global Change Institute is part of an innovative new project that encourages every-day Australians to take part in citizen science in the International Year of the Reef. Some 2300 kilometres long and covering 350,000 square-kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef is bigger than Victoria and Tasmania combined, too big for scientists alone to cover. Project leader, Dr Erin Peterson, a spatial scientist from Queensland University of Technology said community input was needed to help classify thousands of underwater images of the reef.
L-R: Dr Anna Vinkhuyzen, Bianca Das, Dr Emma Kennedy, Hana Starobova
Thursday 16 August 2018
Three University of Queensland researchers are among a group of 100 female scientists from around the world taking part in a year-long leadership scheme culminating in an Antarctic voyage. They are part of the fourth group selected for the prestigious Homeward Bound program, which aims to create a global network of women in science who can influence policy and decision making. The Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Dr Anna Vinkhuyzen and Hana Starobova and Dr Emma Kennedy from the Global Change Institute have teamed up with fellow Queenslanders, Bianca Das and Karen Aitken from CSIRO, to raise funds for the trip.
The expedition boat anchors just offshore
Friday 3 August 2018
MANADO, Indonesia — Scientists have discovered surprisingly healthy coral reefs off Indonesia, despite the multiple bleaching events around the world that have killed a l
The work builds on the recent Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services project led by UQ.
Monday 23 July 2018
UQ Civil Engineering and Biological Sciences researchers are working with engineering, science and technology consultancy BMT, to investigate creating coral-filled net st
Global winner -- Chasing Coral
Friday 20 July 2018
A year after its release, the global success of the Chasing Coral documentary continues to break new ground.
Average coral recovery rates showed a six-fold decline across the Great Barrier Reef.
Thursday 19 July 2018
The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover from disturbances, but effective local management could revive its capacity to bounce back.
Dr Hawthorne Beyer is a quantitative ecologist working on conservation and environmental management problems.
Thursday 28 June 2018
Scientists have identified a portfolio of the world’s reefs most likely to survive the coming decades, using principles from the financial investment world.
Photo: Jaanus Jagomagi
Friday 22 June 2018
The annual Lowy Institute poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has been released.
(L-R)  Beyond Zero Emissions Head of Research, Michael Lord and Wagners EFC Manager, Tom Glasby
Wednesday 13 June 2018
The UQ Global Change Institute, in partnership with Wagners EFC, recently hosted an industry workshop that focused on advanced construction materials to combat climate ch
Winning image of Dendrogyra cylindrus or Pillar coral by Dan Mele.
Monday 11 June 2018
The winner of the Global Change Institute’s 2018 photography competition is Dan Mele for his beautiful photograph of Dendrogyra cylindrus – Pillar coral.
A 1.5 degree warmer world may result in vastly different outcomes at regional scales
Thursday 7 June 2018
In the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a red and blue pill to decide his future.
 L-R: Prof. Dr Ir Ambariyanto (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Diponegoro University), Dr Emma Kennedy (Research Fellow, The University of Queensland), Puji Prihatinningsih M.App.Sc (Conservation Officer, Karimunjawa National Park Office) and Agus Prabowo S.H., M.Sc (Director, Karimunjawa National Park Office)
Friday 25 May 2018
Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute have returned to Indonesia to resurvey coral reefs previously surveyed in September 2014.
Coral-algal interactions such as this are more relevant than ever given the rapidly degrading coral reef ecosystem dynamics. Photo: K. Brown
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tropical coral reefs are being degraded by human activities, and as a result, reef-building corals have declined while algae have increased.


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