Macquarie University Marine Research Centre

Macquarie University Marine Research Centre

Macquarie University Marine Research Centre

Enhancing marine science collaboration to better understand and find solutions to the many impacts of climate change on the oceans and coastal ecosystems.

The Macquarie University Marine Research Centre (MQMarine) is building critical mass in marine science research while developing solutions vital to combat climate challenges. Our oceans and coastal ecosystems are under ongoing threat from climate change, which, if left unattended, would have an irreversible impact.

The marine research centre at Macquarie University brings together researchers from complementary disciplines to cultivate a diverse ecosystem of ideas and approaches. Areas of research include biology, geoscience, marine climatology, environmental chemistry, biomolecular sciences and law. Interdisciplinary projects, new technologies and shared expertise facilitates pioneering approaches to our work.

The centre extends existing research and professional development partnerships, with the added focus of building new national and international links. Additionally, we provide innovative research training for undergraduate, masters and higher degree research students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers.

Understanding the implications of a future warmer climate and the likely fate of our oceans is fundamental work. Having a firm grasp of these concepts means the centre can lead and be part of activities that influence public policy, which can ultimately nurture healthy oceans.

Some of the research areas that MQMarine supports include:

  • geological threshold processes: climate change projections based on threshold processes observed in Earth’s geological past.
  • geomicrobiology: cross-disciplinary research into climate change responses by using ancient DNA preserved in marine sediments over geological timescales.
  • coastal processes: interactions between ecological communities and coastal processes in the context of increasing storm frequency.
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