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The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) brings together researchers who undertake applied and fundamental research that improves our understanding of coastal marine ecosystems. To do this, our research investigates the biodiversity and ecological processes in coastal marine systems and how these respond to pressures, both natural and human induced.

Our goal is to contribute knowledge that can help us to better predict and then manage our coastal and marine environments, and with that in mind we work closely with a range of government agencies and industries that can apply our research findings. We also provide specialist advice on the interpretation or translation of research findings and on the design and implementation of marine monitoring programs.

The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research is comprised of staff, postdoctoral, postgraduate and adjunct researchers. Our adjuncts include key marine researchers in CSIRO, state government and outstanding researchers from a range of overseas universities.

Our research activities are focussed around four main research themes: habitat connectivity and trophic interactions; management of human impacts; conservation and fisheries biology; and stress and disturbance ecology. Research in these themes encompasses a wide range of seagrass, reef and estuarine ecosystems, from tropical to temperate environments.

Our centre provides opportunities for:

  • visiting researchers;
  • exchange students;
  • internships, and
  • adjunct positions.

We are always keen to initiate new collaborations.

Past graduates and members of the centre are currently employed in a wide range of academic, regulatory and industry positions around the globe.

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