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Dive Into Our Research

In cooperation with JCU's Marine Data Technology Hub, our team is prioritising research that seeks to understand the functional relationships and value of coastal ecosystems in natural, modified, and changing circumstances.

Coastal ecosystem functioning

Most of the data obtained through our research allows us to create a large scale idea of the functioning and value of a coastal ecosystem as a sum of all its smaller components. This is essential in management, rehabilitation and conservation efforts. 

Fish Ecology and Nursery Grounds

Remote vehicle monitoring, underwater cameras, and acoustic tagging allow us to monitor fish, sharks and rays, tracking their movements and obtaining valuable data on their behaviour, habitat use, and general ecology for use in management and conservation efforts.

Population dynamics & food webs

Through isotope a gut analysis we piece together the dietary preferences of fish, construction food webs and investigating the dynamics of populations, how they relate to each other and their surrounding habitat.

Restoration and natural resource management

We focus on a holistic habitat and environmental view. Data processed through the hub is often used to monitor marine populations, conduct environmental impact assessments, assess water quality, together with other parameters to create a big-picture view of the status of our marine environments


We work across a large range of topics, linking science and technology for efficient coastal management:

  • Fisheries forecasting

  • Water quality

  • Global-scale satellite-based mapping

  • Coastal ecosystem functioning

  • Acoustic telemetry

  • Large-scale coastal restoration

  • Tidal connectivity

  • Multi-level remote vehicle assessment

  • Natural resource management

  • Nursery grounds 

  • Population dynamics/Food webs

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