UWA Oceans Institute

A world-recognised hub for collaborative and cutting-edge multidisciplinary marine research, uniquely positioned at the gateway to the Indian Ocean rim.

The UWA Oceans Institute brings together the collective strength of the University’s best and brightest researchers into a multidisciplinary, integrated research organisation across oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management, social sciences and governance.

In the spotlight

  • Great Southern Reef recognised internationally for biodiversity

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019

    Australia’s Great Southern Reef has been named Mission Blue’s newest ‘Hope Spot’ – a special place that’s critical to maintaining the health of our oceans – thanks to a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia.

  • Rezone marine parks to help conserve sharks

    Tue, 03 Dec 2019

    A lack of habitat protection is hindering our ability to manage the conservation of endangered open-ocean sharks in Australian waters, according to new research by The University of Western Australia.

  • Tropical fish shredding kelp forests in temperate zones

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019

    Climate change is causing previously temperate oceans to become more tropical with coral reef fish moving south, settling in and changing how things work in their new temperate neighbourhood, according to a study by The University of Western Australia and international researchers.

Our Vision

To be the leading global oceans research and training centre focused on the Indian Ocean.

It's fitting that in its 2030 Vision and Strategy, UWA has named oceans and the marine environment as one of its seven 'Grand Challenges'. For the Oceans Institute it means we will continue to pursue large projects that utilise the full breadth of our interdisciplinary skills, working in collaboration with industry, government and community partners.

Professor Peter Veth - Director, UWA Oceans Institute


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Over the years I have enjoyed supporting the pursuit of marine science and conservation and during this time I have observed an increasing desire by Australians from all walks of life to really care for the oceans. The marine environment is hugely important to the future wellbeing of all life on earth. To properly care for the seas we must do our best to understand them.
Jock CloughOceans Institute External Advisory Board