"promote and undertake research leading to improved understanding and management of marine ecosystems, maintaining their integrity and the ecosystems goods and service they provide."
Being a large island continent that spans temperate and tropical regions, Australia has a diverse range of marine ecosystems. Some of these ecosystems are under threat, particularly in those coastal areas that are densely populated or popular holiday destinations.
The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) is home to a dynamic and active group of researchers providing innovative and relevant research in marine and estuarine ecosystems for local, national and international researchers and managers.
CMER focuses its research on ecological processes in coastal systems, with the goal of providing a sound basis for understanding and managing human impacts. The majority of the group's activities are focused on:
Centre members have strong links with a wide range of industry and government partners, including conservation and fisheries agencies, the oil & gas industry and the mining sector. We also have strong links with collaborators in a range of leading universities, including the University of Stockholm, The University of Southern Alabama, the University of Canary Islands, the CSIRO, University of Copenhagen and several Australian universities.
We draw upon the expertise in the Centre and these strong links to provide applied research that is highly relevant to the current issues facing managers and users of our unique marine environments.
Professor Paul Lavery
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5687
Associate Professor Glenn Hyndes
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5798