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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

Algae and other organic matter trapped in a Posidonia australia meadow (Albany, WA) contributing to long-term accumulation rate of carbon stocks. Thumbnail

New paper quantifies the blue carbon stocks

Congratulations to Rozaimi on the publication of the second paper from his PhD research. His latest publication in Estuarine & Coastal Shelf Science is titled “Long-term carbon storage and its recent loss in an estuarine Posidonia australis meadow (Albany, Western Australia)”.

A Posidonia australis seagrass bank, with super-imposed profile of human metal pollution at different depths (= ages) in the seagrass sediment. The largest increase in metal pollution occurred in the last 100 years. Thumbnail

Seagrasses reveal the history of human contamination in estuaries

Within the latest publication by CMER researchers they reconstruct the contamination history of Oyster Harbour using the sediments of a Posidonia australis meadow as an archive.

Professor Thomas Schlacher from the University of the Sunshine Coast joins CMER as a visiting academic until December 2015. Thumbnail

CMER welcomes visiting academic

Marine scientist Professor Thomas Schlacher will be joining the Centre until December 2015.

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