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Welcome to the Marine Management Research Group.

The group was established in 2002 under the leadership of Professor Lynnath Beckley to focus research and training at Murdoch University in the field of marine and coastal management. Our research interests include biological oceanography, marine protected areas, coastal fisheries, human use of the coast, coastal management, remote sensing and GIS applications to marine environmental monitoring.

At Murdoch, we have strong links with other researchers in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Centre for Fish & Fisheries Research and the Marine & Freshwater Research Laboratory. We maintain research linkages with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Australian Institute of Marine Science, the University of Western Australia, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Fisheries), Western Australian Marine Science Institution, WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife Service), Australian Museum, Oceanographic Research Institute (South Africa), EOMAP (Germany), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA) and CSIC (Spain). Members of the group are actively involved with the WA Land Information System, WA Satellite Technology Application Centre, Integrated Marine Observing System, the Australian Marine Sciences Association and the international programme for Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemisty and Ecosystem Research and the International Indian Ocean Expedition (2015-2020).

The undergraduate units that we teach are usually taken by students enrolled in Marine Science, Environmental Science, Biology and Conservation Biology. They include Coastal and Marine Management, Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Monitoring.

Meet the team

Professor Lynnath Beckley, Dr Halina Kobryn and their team

Professor Lynnath Beckley, Dr Halina Kobryn and their team of researchers concentrating on marine management research.

Areas of Research


The research focus of this group is marine and coastal management of the Indian Ocean and particularly the coast of Western Australia.

Student projects

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Students within this group undertake a wide range of research projects from biological oceanography to remote sensing and GIS.