Research themes

The Group deliver applied research with a focus on the following research themes:

  • Benthic marine ecology
  • Larval settlement and recruitment processes
  • Impacts of local and global anthropogenic change in marine systems
  • Climate change and event-based impacts on corals and marine environment
  • Coral reef health and habitat, water quality and biodiversity, and environmental impact assessments
  • Host-associated microbial ecology including coral, fish and macroalgae
  • Microbial oceanography
  • Threatened and invasive species ecology and processes
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Translocation and reproductive biology
  • Corals and their symbionts
  • Remote censusing for population spatial distribution and data collection
  • Predicting coral disease events
  • Aquatic Toxicology

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.