About us


What we do

The CMSI focuses on researching fundamental knowledge on the functions, processes, interactions and changes in the marine environment and use this to develop innovative solutions for management, conservation and economic developments. Our expertise and experience cover a multidisciplinary mix of ecological and biological sciences, physical and biological oceanography, environmental impact assessment, as well as coastal geomorphology and engineering. We provide a dynamic environment for education, outreach, communication, engagement and collaboration.

Australia is surrounded by approximately 34,000 km of coastline and more than 85 per cent of its population lives within 50 km from the shore. The coastal marine environment is not only an important part of many of our societal and economic developments, but is also substantially impacted by human activities.

There is a need to comprehensively and deeply understand the workings of the marine environment and our interactions with it in order to protect its value and provide innovative solutions for the development of a sustainable “blue economy”.

The CMSI has five strategic objectives to drive science and innovation in this area.

Strategic objectives for the Centre for Marine Science & Innovation

  • Attracting the best

    To attract and educate the best and brightest students and professionals in interdisciplinary research in marine science and innovation

  • World leading research

    To be a leading, comprehensive and solution-focused centre in coastal and temperate marine research

  • A collaborative approach

    Establish and maintain large-scale collaborations that lead to mutually beneficial relationships between the CMSI and industry, government and NGOs

  • Creating value

    To create value to the university through a modern collaborative and inclusive environment that will enhance learning and research performance

  • Increasing awareness

    To effectively communicate marine science research to a range of audiences and to increase awareness and engagement of the general public about the marine environment