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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.

News & events

Boat Mooring chain destroys seagrass beds Thumbnail

Battle between Seagrass and Boat Moorings

900 moorings believed to have devastated 48,000m2 of seagrass from Rottnest Island’s bays.

Halophila ovalis genetic connectivity among sites over a local scale in the Exmouth region. Thumbnail

Managing seagrass - a genetic perspective

Researchers are assessing the genetic diversity and population connectivity of seagrass meadows in the Pilbara.

Geographe Bay: Researchers undertaking annual assessment of seagrass health Thumbnail

Seagrass healthy in Geographe Bay

Initial findings from the annual assessment of seagrass in Georgraphy Bay show that the seagrasses continue to look healthy.

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