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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:

Research in these themes encompasses a wide range of reef and seagrass ecosystems, from tropical to temperate environments.

News & events

Ankke Frouws scuba diving

Seagrass and Thor a winning combo for Three Minute Thesis

Comparing the Avengers to Western Australian seagrass meadows was a winning strategy in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final held at ECU last week. PhD student Ankje Frouws from the School of Science was crowned ECU’s 3MT winner for her engaging presentation “Who is defending our coastlines?”.

aerial photo of bay with boats moored near shore

Seagrass paves the way for a carbon-neutral Rotto

The stunning turquoise bays of Rottnest Island could be key to a carbon-neutral future for Perth’s favourite island getaway, according to new research from Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia.

Seagrass fronds

New study sparks fresh call for seagrass preservation

An increase in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 5 million cars a year has been caused by the loss of seagrass meadows around the Australian coastline since the 1950s.

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