Research themes and activities
The wide range of research activities by staff in the Centre aim to enhance our knowledge of fundamental biological processes in fishes and marine wildlife and of aquatic ecosystem function in general, as well as addressing important management issues. These studies have been planned to involve postgraduate students and thereby ensure that the Centre produces fish biologists, fishery scientists and ecologists and conservation biologists with the high quality research training required to help fulfil the future needs of resource management and scientific agencies. The research activities in the Centre have been organised in three inter-related and overlapping themes:
Increasingly, much of the research at the species level has extended to include communities and their role in ecosystems and the interaction of change drivers on the function of these systems. This work is being undertaken in areas of freshwater, estuaries and catchments, and within the coastal marine environment.
The assessment of the status of biological populations and their responses to environmental variability and their resilience to fishing requires rigorous, quantitative data and robust estimates of fundamental biological processes such as growth, mortality, reproduction and feeding. These fundamental studies also provide the information required by ecosystem models and provide the basis for validating the predictions of these models.
A number of other areas of research, including fish health, social and economic evaluation of fisheries, biological oceanography and remote sensing, are carried out by Centre members and their students across the University that support the core activities of the Centre.
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