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Protection of coastal ecosystems and marine resource management

ECU’s Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research 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 and how ecological processes in coastal marine systems respond to pressures, either natural or human-induced.

Project aims

The sub-project, led by the Centre’s Professor Paul Lavery, will focus on the development of capability in two inter-connected themes: eco-hydraulics and quantification of coastal connectivity (genetics and nutrients) among marine ecosystems.

These processes are crucial to spatial management of the nation’s marine resources.

The sub-project will:

  • establish a nationally-recognised expertise in eco-hydraulics and coastal connectivity;
  • place ECU and UWA in a strong position to establish a national research centre in coastal ecosystems as a leading ocean research group within the Indian Ocean rim; and
  • meet national research needs in the area of adaption to climate change and management of marine biodiversity.

Project partners

The partners within this sub-project are:

  • Winthrop Professor Carolyn Oldham and Associate Professor Marco Ghisalberti from the University of Western Australia; and

Future aims

Establish a nationally recognised expertise in eco-hydraulics and coastal connectivity, and by doing this, establish the foundation for a national research centre. This approach will enable us to meet national needs in marine management and conservation, particularly in the context of improving the understanding of marine systems to be able to provide advice on adaption strategies for climate change and for the management of marine biodiversity.


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