Monitoring and studying marine relationships for conservation and restoration

Understanding the relationship between various forms of marine flora and fauna, and how these systems respond to changing conditions, is critical to effective preservation and management of coastal and ocean environments.

Our teams use a combination of field and data-based biological and chemical modelling and surveyance techniques to monitor how ecosystems and populations change in response to human impact and climate shifts, and to develop management strategies for community engagement, conservation and restoration.

Global Wetlands Project

The world needs coastal wetlands. Seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and saltmarshes are high-value marine habitats that provide many benefits to humanity. Unfortunately, we’re losing these important places. There’s an urgent need to limit and reverse the loss of coastal wetlands in order to arrest biodiversity decline, protect communities and tackle climate change.

The Global Wetlands Project (GLOW) elevates scientific understanding of critical issues facing coastal wetlands and builds online tools to help address these issues. Our team produces scientifically credible targets and guides effective investment for ecosystem protection and restoration. Globally, massive coastal restoration projects are underway, and the GLOW team’s science helps optimise outcomes for coastal communities and the environment.

Marine Megafauna

Many species of whales, dolphins and sharks inhabit South East Queensland waters and migrate along our coast. As human populations and water activities grow, the study of megafauna behavior and habitat use is key to understanding how we can safely interact and mutually co-exist.

The Marine Megafauna team expands our knowledge about the feeding, migration patterns and human impacts on megafauna along the coast, in support of new management and education strategies for better conservation and protection of marine animals in urbanised coastal waters.

Sea Jellies Research Lab

The Sea Jellies Lab is a state-of-the-art research laboratory dedicated to researching jellyfish. Our team studies the population dynamics of jellyfish from local to global scales, including their responses to changing ocean conditions and interactions with people and coastal industries.

Our laboratory is located within the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit at Sea World and is on display to the public, providing us with a unique opportunity to engage the broader community in our research.

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Contact details

(07) 5552 8506
Location and postal address
Coastal and Marine Research Centre
Room 2.01, Building G51
Griffith University
Gold Coast campus, Queensland, 4222

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