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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

Australia key to marine mammal conservation

Australian waters have been recognised as key habitats for the future survival of marine mammals.

Maddy Hoffman

Postgraduate Students Interrupted - Research on Lockdown

The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) PhD candidate, Maddy Hoffman, speaks of the trials of undertaking a PhD during a global pandemic

Two dolphins surfacing from water

Tuning into dolphin chatter could boost conservation efforts

Researchers from ECU and Curtin University have moved an important step closer to using sound rather than sight to track individual dolphin activity which could have significant implications for conservation of dolphin communities around the world.

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