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The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) brings together researchers with an interest in the functioning of marine ecosystems. The centre’s goal is to undertake applied and fundamental research that improves our understanding of coastal marine ecosystems. Broadly, we investigate ecological processes in coastal marine systems and how these respond to pressures, either natural or human induced.

Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research

Research themes

The centre conducts research across the themes of:

  • habitat connectivity and trophic interactions;
  • management of human impacts;
  • conservation and fisheries biology; and
  • stress disturbance ecology.

Research in these themes encompasses a wide range of reef and seagrass ecosystems, from tropical to temperate environments.

News & events

Divers sampling in an Amphibolis seagrass meadow

New paper on seagrass response to and recovery from light reduction

Journal published paper demonstrating effects of light exposure on seagrass Amphibolis griffithii.

Professor Carlos Duarte will share his experiences and views on scientific publication.

The Evolving World of Scientific Publication

A public lecture by Professor Carlos Duarte on Tuesday 25 March at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

Nudibranch in Posidonia sinuosa seagrass meadow, Cockburn Sound, WA

A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

New book describes the exceptionally diverse seagrasses in temperate parts of the southern hemisphere.

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