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Our wetlands team use innovative and science-based solutions to restore, preserve, and rehabilitate coastal wetlands.

Wetlands and freshwater habitats

Wetlands and freshwater habitats
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We house Australia's largest seagrass research group and have more than 40 years of experience in seagrass research and monitoring across the Great Barrier Reef, Great Sandy Strait and northern Australia.

Seagrass habitats

Seagrass habitats
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Our projects focus on monitoring, assessing, and restoring mangrove ecosystems to address environmental changes and impacts. We provide expert advice, conduct detailed floristic surveys, and develop effective mitigation strategies.

Mangroves

Mangroves
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We use a combination of conventional and innovative research using cutting-edge technology to monitor the trends in the abundance, distribution and habitat use of megafauna across Australia and globally.

Marine megafauna

Marine megafauna
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Technology is revolutionising the way scientists monitor, research and uncover new information about habitats and species. We are at the  testing the feasibility of new technologies, including eDNA, drones and AI.

eDNA and technology

eDNA and technology
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We play a major role in monitoring the condition and tracking long-term trends of water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef. We work closely with cane farmers and graziers to help reduce runoff.

Water quality: catchment to reef

Water quality: catchment to reef
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Our scientists undertake multiple monitoring programs to provide governments, industries and communities with essential data on the condition of coral habitats.

Coral reef habitats

Coral reef habitats
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We monitor fish habitats and species in both freshwater and marine environments. This research monitors fish populations, tracks invasive fish species and helps understand fish communities.

Fish habitats

Fish habitats
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We provide industries, communities and government with science-based solution to better manage, protect and restore tropical ecosystems. 

Our research and projects span freshwater, seagrass, mangroves, megafauna, coral reef and aquatic species. We have a strong focus on water quality and biosecurity issues, and use the latest technology revolutionise how we monitor, research and manage aquatic ecosystems. 

Our research

Using eDNA to detect barriers to fish barriers in Australian waterways

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Our team is developing guideline values that can protect temporary aquatic ecosystems from contaminants. This will inform and improve mine site operations and rehabilitation in the future.

Monitoring and protection of temporary waters in Northern Australia

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A local network to connect, grow and champion the efforts of diverse organisations in the region to support the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Port Douglas Reef Hub

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We closely monitor coral reefs around Great Barrier Reef islands to understand their condition. We assess the impacts of disturbances such as cyclones, floods, and coral bleaching, and help track the patterns of recovery following these events.

Great Barrier Reef island coral reef monitoring

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Featured projects

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