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

  • When science and industry work together to answer crucial ocean questions

    Sun, 26 Jan 2020

    For Perth born and bred PhD candidate Todd Bond, the ocean has always been a major part of his life. So it’s probably little surprise his thesis is firmly anchored in the sea.

  • Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020

    Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia (Coral CoE at UWA) and the Victoria University of Wellington have found Crustose Coralline Algae, crucial to the survival of coral reefs, may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate change. 

  • OI team prepare for an expedition of epic proportions

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020

    While many of us are settling back into the start of the year at work, a team of Oceans Institute researchers are getting ready for a ground-breaking second expedition to the depths of the ocean off Western Australia.

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