Australia has a vast marine jurisdiction with unique ocean and costal ecosystems, many of which are still poorly understood.
The accelerating changes in the climate, combined with land use practices, marine litter, fishing, shoreline industries and new risks, such as increasing ocean noise and potential deep-sea mining are presenting Australia and the global community with unprecedented challenges.
We are working to understand these challenges and expand the scientific, technical and legal know how to solve problems like biodiversity loss and food insecurity through a combination of cutting-edge research, education and leadership training.
We develop, promote and share ideas and innovation that support the understanding, use and management of the marine environment.
Our marine network includes:
If you’re interested in a marine internship or volunteer position, contact the MSI coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We host national and international research groups across 10 disciplines, with more than 45 academic staff and 100 postgraduate students. We also work with key industry and government entities to support innovative, applied research that responds to Australia’s needs.
Our annual showcase highlights our research and projects, and promotes discussion on innovative, cross-disciplinary, problem-solving research.
We provide a range of technical and research support facilities for marine research including:
The Marine Science major or minor draws together relevant material to create a multi disciplinary curriculum that provides you with in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science. The major is explicitly science-based but seeks to provide you with with a broader range of capabilities and an interdisciplinary mind-set to service the large and growing demand for coastal and marine experts in a range of fields.
Developed in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and its partner universities, this program's rich array of subjects include the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography (physical, geological and biological) and engineering (coastal and marine).
Equipment in the Institute includes an 8-metre research boat, numerous smaller boats, a side-scan sonar, an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), CTDs, a vibro-corer, deep and shallow-sea seismic equipment and a comprehensive range of environmental monitoring equipment available within the individual departments.
We also have access to the University’s supercomputing facilities for modelling and visualisation, the University’s Electron Microscope Unit, and the NWG Macintosh Centre for Quaternary Dating.
|Professor Elaine Baker, Director MSI||Mercury rising, Deep sea mining|
|Dr Joy Becker||Production-limiting infectious diseases affecting global aquaculture|
|Professor Gavin Birch||Human-induced change and biological risk posed by contaminants in estuarine/harbour sediments: Sydney Harbour/estuary (Australia)|
|Dr Michelle Blewitt||Marine mammal research|
|Dr Elisa Bone||Billion Oyster Project, Educational Designer University of Sydney|
|Dr Eleanor Bruce||Integrated Geospatial Management System Sydney Harbor Area|
|Professor Maria Byrne||Impacts of ocean acidification on the interaction between tropical sea cucumbers, sediment biota and lagoon carbonate dynamics - direct and indirect effects of high CO2|
|Professor Doug Cato||The Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS)|
|Dr Samantha Clark||Can submarine landslides trigger tsunamis?|
|Associate Professor Ross Coleman||The impacts of human activities (e.g. pollution, buildings, seawalls) on coastal environments and how best to measure them|
|Dr Navneet Dhand||The use of epidemiological and statistical tools to improve public health and to solve intricate problems confronting animal industries|
|Dr Olivia Evans||Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome – closing knowledge gaps to continue farming Crassostrea gigas in Australia.|
|Dr Renata Ferrari Legorreta||3D Reefs Project|
|Professor Will Figueira||Spatial Ecology of Marine Ecosystems, Marine Resource Management & Conservation, Population Ecology of Marine Fish (Temperate-Tropical)|
|Dr Daniel Harrison||Saving the Great Barrier Reef - Cloud Whitening droplet generator|
|Dr Paul Hick||Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome|
|Dr Tom Hubble||Can submarine landslides trigger tsunamis?|
|Dr Kate Johnson||Sustaining More Than Fish: Tradition and transformation in environmental conflicts, analysed the discursive and material relationship between culture and sustainability through the case study of tuna and La Tonnara - a tuna trap fishery used for centuries in Southern Italy|
|Professor Ian Jones||Saving the Great Barrier Reef and Fertilising the ocean to help food security|
|Professor Peter Lay||Vibrational Spectroscopic Analysis of Microplastics and Microfibres in Fish|
|Professor Rosemary Lyster||Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law|
|Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska||Nutritional Ecology of Marine Predators: challenges and opportunities|
|Dr Bree Morgan||The mobility, bioavailability and toxicity of trace metals in natural and disturbed coastal systems.|
|Dr Phil Mulhearn||Changing water depths in Sydney Harbour and History of the charting/surveying of major NSW estuaries and the accuracy of early charts.|
|Professor Dietmar Müller||Marine geophysics and geodynamics, plate tectonics. Machine Learning Approaches to Analysing Global Sea Surface and Seafloor Data|
|Dr Richard Murphy|
|Professor Elspeth Probyn||Eating the Ocean - communicating complexity|
|Dr Maria Seton||Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent|
|Dr Yehuda Shalem, MSI coordinator||Surface-groundwater interaction in coastal water|
|Professor Tim Stephens, Deputy Director MSI||Ocean Governance in the Anthropocene – The Carbonation Challenge|
|Dr Edwina Tanner, MSI coordinator||Oceanography and global warming (CO2 emissions)|
|Dr Emma Thompson||Future Proofing the Sydney Rock Oyster|
|Associate Professor Ana Vila-Concejo||Geocoastal research at the University of Sydney|
|Dr Ashley Ward||Behavioural ecology of fish|
|Associate Professor Jody Webster||Spur and Groove Evolution, Formation and Paleoclimate: Great Barrier Reef and French Polynesia|
|Professor Richard Whittington||Aquatic Animal Health and Environmental Immunology|
|Professor Stefan Williams||Marine Systems at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (navigation and mapping, clustering and classification, novel sensing, survey designs and platform designs)|