WAMSI Node 4 Synthesis and Integration Workshop

In December 2010, the WAMSI Node 4 Synthesis Workshop took place at the Department of Fisheries, Western Australian Marine Research Laboratories in Hillarys.

The objective of the workshop was ‘to continue the process of integrating the work that has been done across the node into the EBFM framework in a manner that can be used for ongoing management’.

WAMSI Node 6 symposium: Ocean science for offshore and coastal engineering

The WAMSI Node 6 annual symposium was held on 26 November 2010. The main topics of the symposium included:

  • projected changes in wave climate and storm surge activity along the WA coastline;
  • beach stability resulting from seal level rise, storm surge and wave climate changes;
  • tidal and internal wave climatology from field measurements and numerical modelling over the NWS; and
  • deployment and application of ocean glider technology in WA ocean waters.

WAMSI Young Career Researcher Symposium

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) organised a symposium to summarise four years of marine research by WAMSI postgraduate students. This event was held at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup campus on Wednesday 3 November 2010.

The symposium provided an opportunity for many of WAMSI’s 31 postgraduate students and young postdoctoral fellows to showcase their research before an audience of peers and senior scientists.

For more information, please see the flyer.

Young Career Researchers’ Symposium program and abstracts’ booklet.

Marine data management symposium

A marine data management symposium – Turning data into knowledge; marine data management in Western Australia – was held in Perth this month. It was the fourth annual symposium and featured speakers from across Australia and the UK.

Node 4 Symposium/workshop 2010 (Sustainable fisheries)

A workshop to discuss sustainable fisheries and sustainable ecosystems was held at the Fisheries Marine Research Centre in Hillarys, Perth, in June 2010.

Ningaloo student research day

Western Australian university students led discussions on research at Ningaloo Marine Park and its surrounding areas at a forum in Perth on 30 March 2010.

The proceedings can be found in this document.

Ningaloo Exmouth community seminar 2010

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution’s Ningaloo Science Coordinator, Dr Kelly Waples, and Dr Martial Depczynksi, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science gave presentations at the recent Ningaloo Exmouth community seminar.

Dr Waples is a senior research scientist at the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Ningaloo Exmouth CS – Presentation – DEPCZYNSKI – Rock lobster
Ningaloo Exmouth CS – Presentation – WAPLES – Research in Ningaloo Marine Park

Node 2 symposium 2010: Impacts of a warming Indian Ocean

The impacts of a warming Indian Ocean on Western Australia’s climate, environment and fisheries was discussed by scientists at a Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) symposium.

Pictured at the symposium were WAMSI Chief Executive Officer Dr Steve Blake (left), CSIRO Communications Coordinator Sarah Woods and CSIRO Atmospheric Scientist Dr Ming Feng.


Show and Tell Symposium 2010

On 9 February 2010 the Western Australian Marine Science Institution and the Australian Marine Sciences Association WA branch held the Marine science in Western Australia: Show and tell symposium. Over 230 researchers attended the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Fremantle.

More than 100 two-minute ‘newsflash’ presentations by scientists from government, academia and private industry gave an outline of most of the State’s marine research now occurring in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Perth, the South West and the South Coast.

The newsflashes were spearheaded by summaries of Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) research results in six key areas – ecosystems, climate change, Ningaloo Marine Park, fisheries, biotechnology and oceanography.

WAMSI Chief Executive Officer Steve Blake said marine research was a vital prerequisite to answer questions about the survival of coral reefs, climate change, the future of marine species, food webs, fisheries, tsunamis, extinctions, warming temperatures and ocean acidification.

Speakers discussed the dazzling array of new corals being discovered in the Kimberley region, the presence of heavy metals, tsunami warning systems, ocean temperature and current speed forecasting, the impact of coastal developments, fisheries biology, social uses, dredging of ports, the discovery of new sponges, environmental pests (there are 55 known to impact WA waters), monitoring estuaries, and how particles and larvae are being distributed by the Leeuwin Current.