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Developing future leaders in Tropical Marine Science

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Launched in November 2020, AIMS@UWA is an alliance between UWA and AIMS to employ marine science academics jointly in areas where our goals and interests overlap, with a focus on tropical marine science. Research under this partnership emphasises applied science with impact, underpinned by fundamental environmental research. Projects will address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders having interests in the care and stewardship of tropical marine environment including industry, policy and decision makers, and local communities.


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Mission

To produce an internationally recognised  cohort of emerging tropical marine researchers in Western Australia, directing their work towards the protection and sustainable protection and use of our marine heritage, by integrating fundamental and applied research and by leveraging the infrastructure and research strengths of both organisations.

The AIMS@UWA program will provide an unprecedented opportunity for students and researchers in Western Australia to work collaboratively and provide a platform for world-class training in marine science.

 Karen Miller,  Research Program Director at AIMS WA

AIMS is delighted to partner with UWA on this important program, which signals an on-going and enduring commitment to develop the best marine science talent in the world, focused on issues of relevance and value to Western Australia and the planet’s oceans.

Paul Hardisty,  AIMS CEO

Alliance Scholars

Meet the AIMS@UWA researchers

The current cohort of AIMS@UWA researchers includes 7 PhD Students alongside more senior researchers.
Dr Luke Thomas

Dr Luke Thomas

Science lead

Luke's research focuses on reef-building corals and combines genomic and transcriptomic tools with physiological and ecological data on projects related to gene flow, adaption, recovery and ecosystem monitoring.

A research associate at the OI and AIMS, Luke has a background in population genetics and has worked on a variety of marine organisms, from sponges to fish. The ultimate goal of his postdoctoral research is to apply molecular techniques to help inform management on the quest to conserve our precious marine ecosystems.

Camille Grimaldi

Camille Grimaldi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Camille is a physical oceanographer working as an AIMS@UWA Post-doctoral Research Associate.
She recently completed her PhD looking at the oceanographic drivers of reef hydrodynamic, connectivity and thermodynamics of a coral reef atoll. 


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SPOTLIGHT on AIMS@UWA 
For the latest from the AIMS@UWA Alliance, including new research, exciting projects and researcher profiles. 


PhD Students

  • Shannon Duffy 

    Shannon is investigating the mechanisms of coral resilience along Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

    Find out more

  • Laurence Dugal

    Laurence's research explores the use of environmental DNA metabarcoding for characterizing tropical marine biodiversity across ecological scales. 

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  • Abinaya Meenakshisundaram
    Abinaya is a PhD candidate in conservation genetics, with a focus on studying whale sharks
  • Megan Meyers
    Megan is a PhD Candidate examining the movement patterns of whale sharks in West Papua, Indonesia.
  • Defne Sahin
    Defne’s research investigates the climate-mediated changes in the community structure of subtropical and temperate corals across Western Australia.
  • Declan Stick
    Declan's research interests are in coral genetics and understanding the mechanisms underpinning coral health, tolerance, and resilience.

AIMS@UWA builds on our successful past collaborations. UWA looks forward to expanding our joint research and opportunities for research student training, to address research needs in our tropical marine areas

Tim Colmer,  Deputy Vice Chancellor Research,  UWA

Want to make a difference to tropical marine science?


Over the next few months and years, we anticipate new co-funded, AIMS@UWA Postdoctoral research positions in subjects such as marine plastic mitigation, machine learning in tropical marine science, blue carbon, eDNA for ecological monitoring.


There will also be co-supervised PhD positions, with a strong focus on work integrated learning to prepare these students for future tropical marine leadership roles.


Interested to find out more?
Reach out to us at oceans@uwa.edu.au or by calling +61 8 6488 8116.


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