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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

The symposium was held in the city of Makassar, in Southern Sulawesi. Thumbnail

Dr Megan Huggett selected as 2015 Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr Huggett joined a delegation of 10 Australians at the 5th American-Indonesian Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held in Makassar Indonesia.

CMER were represented at the AMSA Conference 2015 by Roisin McCallum, Charlie Phelps, Simone Strydom, Kathryn McMahon and Paul Lavery. Thumbnail

The 52nd Annual AMSA conference “Estuaries to Oceans”

ECU marine scientists present their research at national conference.

Attendees at the 12th Annual AMSA student workshop held at Rottnest Island. Thumbnail

12th Annual AMSA student workshop

ECU well represented as marine science students present their research at Rottnest Island.

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