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
Study seeks to protect great hammerhead sharks8 December 2020
A USC study into one of the ocean’s top predators – the great hammerhead shark – is seeking new insights into the impact of harvest and export levels on the declining species.
Who’s stealing the spanner crabs?25 November 2020
A USC study will determine if sharks are wrongly getting a bad rap for taking a bite out of Australia’s commercial spanner crab industry.
USC leads research into stocks of popular eating fish12 November 2020
Recreational and commercial fishers are being asked to play their part in important marine research by keeping an eye out for mahi mahi off the southern Queensland coastline that are sporting long orange ribbon-like tags.