Welcome to the Marine and Coastal Research Consortium

Flinders University, South Australia

Essential Marine & Coastal Ecosystems

Marine and coastal ecosystems play a key role in the maintenance and function of marine ecosystems and provide important ecosystem services to human well-being. Considering multiple environmental, social and economic impacts from increasing resource use, the need for an integrated understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems has never been higher. This is essential to promote resilience and continued, long-term provision of its ecosystem services.

In Australia, 85% of the population is currently living within 50 km of the coastline. Cumulative pressures on coastal and marine ecosystems require innovative approaches that lead to sustainable ecological and economic benefits. We aim to develop integrated scientific solutions for challenges to marine and coastal ecosystems that are based on continued discoveries and proof-of-concepts. Knowledge generation and exchange to assist policy makers and stakeholders in scientifically sound decision-making lies at the heart of this consortium.

We are the largest academic group of marine and coastal scientists in South Australia

We are well positioned to synergistically integrate capabilities with emerging research programs in marine science to improve southern Australia’s blue economy and sustainable use of its marine and coastal assets. Our research activities span a diverse number of pure and applied disciplines, from organisms to ecosystems. The Marine and Coastal Research Consortium brings together complementary skills in ecology, geomorphology, engineering, archaeology, genomics and oceanography to develop integrated scientific solutions.

We invite government, industry, and community partners to help plan and guide research in directions that maximise benefits to marine and coastal stakeholders.

Our research program includes a broad scope of all aspects of life, environment and human relationships with the sea to form a rich centre for marine, coastal and maritime studies that includes:

Our research strengths are principally divided across two main areas: autonomous marine vehicles and composite structures and materials for marine applications.

We advance fundamental knowledge of the ecology and evolution of organisms, and apply this to design and implement environmental solutions with government and industry partners.

Our researchers are experts in the physical oceanography, coastal geomorphology and marine archaeology of the Australian region.

Our research aims to understand biological functions and mechanisms driving the sustainability of seafood production in freshwater environments, estuaries, coasts and oceans to better manage ecosystem productivity and health.