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Overview

At the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) we use applied and fundamental research to improve our understanding of the ecological processes of coastal marine systems, and how these respond to both natural and human induced pressures.

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.

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Seagrass meadows provide food and habitat for iconic marine species in Geographe Bay Thumbnail

Looking at the health of the bay

ECU researchers monitor impacts of agriculture urbanisation on health of seagrass meadows in Geographe Bay.

Subterranean water right before reaching the coastline, forming a small stream on the beach of Les Fonts (Alcossebre, Castelló). Photo: J. Garcia-Orellana. Thumbnail

Oceans’ nutrient levels topped up by groundwater

Groundwater entering the Mediterranean Sea could be 15 times greater than water entering the sea from rivers according to new research.

The Coring Team: Paul, Oscar, Tim Kildea (SA Water), Warwick Noble, Sam Gaylard, Matt Nelson (all EPA South Aust.) and Miguel-Ángel. Some of the fruits of our labours can be seen in the EPA boat! Thumbnail

CMER researchers coring the South Australian Gulfs

A major field trip by CMER researchers to South Australian Gulfs to core seagrass meadows will be used to reveal recent pollution history.

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