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Marine Biology

The Marine Biology Program is Australia's leading scientific research group for temperate marine environments in Australia and has made major new discoveries through long-term, continental-scale studies.

They undertake research on the ecology of fish, invertebrates and plants in estuaries and reef systems.The research of the group is focused in understanding the connectivity and ecology of marine environments, with research projects often spanning hundreds to thousands of kilometres of Australian coast. The researchers in this group are recognised for their ability and willingness to respond to national and international research priorities for management.

Our research is distinctive for the range of marine life that we study, including:

  • Fish, invertebrates and plants
  • Their role and reliance within ecosystems: e.g. seagrass, mangrove and kelp forests
  • Connectivity and ecology of rivers, estuaries, gulfs, open coasts spanning 100s to 1000s of kilometres of Australian coast

The Marine Biology program forms part of the Environment institute

It is Australia's leading scientific research group for temperate marine environments in Australia and has made major new discoveries through long-term, continental-scale studies. 
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Our Unique Coast

The world's longest east-west coastline runs through South Australia. This coast is a global 'hot spot' for marine biodiversity. Our students get to swim with some of the planets most awesome creatures; seadragons, spawning aggregations of giant-cuttlefish, singing whales and expect to visits from playful seals & dolphins.

Southern Seas

The Southern Ocean controls world climate, shapes our extensive rocky cliffs & sandy beaches, and is contrasted by gulfs that provide shelter for creatures dependent on mangroves, saltmarsh & mudflats. This coast is awe inspiring.


Our coasts contain an astonishing variety of creatures. For example, we find up to 300 species of invertebrates (small 'insect-like' animals) in the holdfasts of kelp the size of your fist. We have more species of marine plants than all the world's species of corals. We have a remarkable opportunity to test some of the world's most important ideas about global biodiversity.

Our laboratories

Our labs are situated in Adelaide, on the southern coast-line of Australia, which is the largest east-west expanse of coastline in the world. This coast faces the Southern Ocean and is home to the Great Australian Bight, which has 120 islands, two massive gulfs, and an astonishing diversity of marine life.

Bronwyn Gillanders Prof. Bronwyn Gillanders
Aquatic Ecology, Especially Estuaries, Fish Biology, Otolith Microchemistry.
Corey Bradshaw Prof. Corey Bradshaw
Population Dynamics, Biodiversity Modelling, Ecosystem Services.
Fred Gurgel Dr. Fred Gurgel
Marine Phycology (Algae): Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Biogeography.
Sean Connell Prof. Sean Connell 
Marine Ecology: Climate Change and Human Impacts.
Ian Whittington Assoc. Prof. Ian Whittington
Parasite - Fish Interactions.
Ivan Nagelkerken Assoc. Prof. Ivan Nagelkerken 
Fish and climate change, Sensory ecology, Fish behavior, Mangrove and seagrass ecosystems
pablo munguia Dr Pablo Munguia Russell Dr. Bayden Russell
Lecturer in Marine Biology.


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