A research focus in the areas of ocean sciences and marine animal ecology naturally emerges from USC’s location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It also reflects the expertise, and international leadership, of several academics who work on cutting-edge issues in marine and coastal ecology.
Whilst they undertake both applied and theoretical research, a leading principle is that all of their marine science work must be strongly embedded in modern theoretical frameworks of ecology and conservation, and that attributions are strong and defensible, especially in the area of climate change associated work.
The ecology and conservation of interfaces, focusing particularly on processes that structure and impact ecosystems of sandy beaches and estuaries.
The ecological consequences of global change, emphasising cutting-edge modelling of biotic response to changing ocean conditions, at regional to global scales.
Connectivity between populations, habitats and ecosystems including reef fishes, sharks, mangroves, surf-zones, deep-ocean seamounts and submarine canyons.
Investigating the fundamental role played by vertebrate scavengers of beach and marine carrion in food-webs and in biological connectivity.
Examining coastal geomorphology and how changing seascapes impact on ecological processes, resilience and animals.
Marine ecology latest newsUSC Newsroom
Shark researcher brings expertise to USC1 April
A USC marine biologist researching shark ecology along Australia’s east coast plans to expand her focus to address a gap in knowledge of shark movements and behaviours in the Wide Bay region.
Research to protect island ‘ark’ from climate change25 February
An intensive research project led by USC Australia is aiming to safeguard the Great Barrier Reef’s most southern island, Lady Elliot Island, from the impacts of climate change.
Sara dives deep into the social world of manta rays12 December 2019
USC Fraser Coast honours student Sara Perrott is diving into the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to reveal new insights into the social life of the mysterious manta ray.