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Our research is solution focused and results in novel approaches and technologies for enhancing our use and enjoyment of the marine environment. Marine and coastal environments are facing an unprecedented range of pressures, including climate change, invasive species, and urbanisation. Forecasts of the impacts of these pressures rely critically on our understanding of ocean processes. The scale and diversity of marine research urgently needs to increase to match the scale and diversity of the threats.
Sydney Harbour is Australia's largest, and most iconic, urbanised estuary. This makes SIMS an ideal place from which to understand and help manage the pressures of urbanisation on the harbour and coastal ecosystems.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most biologically diverse harbours in the world. We are expanding our knowledge of this immense biodiversity using both traditional and modern molecular techniques for classification and identification.
The oceanography of the east coast of Australia is dominated by the East Australian Current. This current is increasing in strength making South-East Australia a global hot spot for climate change.
The ocean provides a wealth of resources for our use. SIMS research on the sustainable use of ocean resources ranges from studies of the molecular mode of action of potential new pharmaceuticals to enhancing fish stocks along our coast.
From exploitation of key fisheries to conservation of endangered species, marine management relies on science to inform policy decisions. SIMS research is playing a critical role in managing our marine environment.