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

Diverse Collaboration

Lead large-scale and diverse collaborations between industry, government, NGOs, indigenous groups and stakeholders

Creating value

To create value for UNSW, and our end user partner organisations with a modern collaborative and inclusive environment, contributing to the 2025 goals

Increasing awareness

Communicate marine science research for increased awareness of the value and need for protection of the marine environment