Global declines in biodiversity from human impacts are of great concern as they lead to the loss of vital ecosystem functions, such as nutrient cycling and primary productivity, which underpin our food and water supplies. This project will examine the ability of Australia’s soft-sediment communities to withstand or recover from pollution stress and determine whether resilience differs between temperate and tropical marine systems. Findings from this project will have direct relevance to regulating and remediating contaminants, enhancing conservation strategies along our vast coastline and ensuring the continuity of ecosystems services upon which humans rely. 


Scientia Fellow Mariana Mayer Pinto
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Ecology and impacts of marine invaders

This program aims to address the spread and impact of marine invaders as well as developing management strategies to protect these fragile ecosystems.

Impacts of multiple stressors on marine communities

Stresses such as ocean warming and increased pollution impact the resilience and functioning of marine communities. Find out more.

Impacts of urbanisation on the diversity and functioning of coastal systems

What is the impact of urbanisation on ecological functioning within coastal systems? Find out more.