Marine Science research
Marine Science research
Driven by the future and a belief in possibilities, our marine scientific research at Southern Cross University highlights what can be achieved with hard work, passion and dedication
Research topics and projects
The below is more than a list of projects, it explains why we research what we do. The reason is simple: For the future. Protection of our marine ecosystems is a mighty challenge.
In the era of climate change, rising water temperatures and threatened species and ecosystems, the health of our oceans is fundamental to a sustainable future.
We embrace these challenges through research that is advancing knowledge, changing perceptions and informing strategies, locally, nationally and globally.
Professor Mary Spongberg
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Marine Science research in the news
Southern Cross Uni Professor to lead multiple ARC projects, work with NASA in 2022
Southern Cross University biogeochemist Professor Bradley Eyre has secured funding for two Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects in a single round, and will work with the US space agency NASA on one of them.Read more
Leaf oysters: the unsung heroes of estuaries are disappearing, and we know almost nothing about them
Camouflaged by a layer of silty mud, most people probably wouldn’t notice the large flat oysters lurking beneath shallow water in Australia’s coastal estuaries. These are remarkable “leaf oysters”, and they can form reefs, produce mauve pearls, and reach the size of a dinner plate.Read more
Spawn of a new era as Reef's first Coral IVF babies reach maturity
The first Coral IVF babies on the Great Barrier Reef have produced the next generation as part of this year’s mass coral spawning event, becoming the Reef's first breeding population using the innovative process pioneered by a Southern Cross University coral specialist.Read more
Meet some of our pioneering researchers
From tracking tuna across the Pacific Ocean to brightening clouds over the Great Barrier Reef, Southern Cross University’s Dr Daniel Harrison is working to protect our ecosystems before it’s too late.
From cancer cures to potent water filters, marine molluscs – all things snail, slug and octopi – have a lot to offer. Just ask the Director of the National Marine Science Centre, Professor Kirsten Benkendorff
For marine scientists such as Southern Cross University’s Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison, protecting the Great Barrier Reef is a mission to prevent a precious asset from becoming a precious memory.
In 2014 he authored a sea cucumber fishery processing manual for postharvest processing of small-scale fishery products that is now available in eight languages.
Contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Executive Assistant to the
National Marine Science Centre
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