Marine and Freshwater Ecology & Evolution

Aquatic  biologists in the School of BioSciences work on a diversity of topics across marine and freshwater organisms, their conservation and management. We conduct our research in temperate and tropical aquatic environments, including: temperate coasts & seas, estuaries, coral reefs, urban streams & wetlands and rivers.

Together, we investigate the:

  • Behaviour, ecology, evolution and biodiversity of marine & freshwater organisms;
  • Effects of human disturbance and climate change on habitats, species and communities;
  • Innovative approaches to aquatic pollution detection and the reduction of pollution impacts;
  • Productivity of aquaculture and technologies to improve its environmental performance; and
  • Ecological aspects of marine protected areas, habitat restoration, water resource & fisheries management.

Research groups

Dr Jan Carey Marine Ecology & Environmental Management
Assoc Prof Rob Day Fisheries Ecology & Aquaculture
Assoc Prof Tim Dempster Sustainable Aquaculture  - Temperate and Tropical
Prof Greg Jenkins Marine Ecology, Fisheries Biology & Management
Prof Michael Keough Temperate Marine Ecology
Dr John Morrongiello Marine & Freshwater Ecology & Evolution
Assoc Prof Vin Pettigrove Aquatic Ecotoxicology
Prof Steve Swearer Ecology & Evolution of Fishes
Dr Eric Treml Marine Spatial Ecology & Conservation
Dr Heroen Verbruggen Evolutionary Biology of Marine Algae
Prof Madeleine van Oppen Microbial Symbiosis in Corals & Climate Change Adaptation

Queenscliff Marine Research Station & Victorian Marine Science Consortium

Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification & Management

Associates

Dr John FordMarine ecology
Prof John WestMarine phycology
Dr Kerry BlackOceanography
Dr Paul HamerFisheries biology
Dr Richard WetherbeePhycology
Prof Spas KolevAquatic pollution
Dr Allyson O’Brien Marine and estuarine ecology