Cluster leader: Dr James Harris

Cluster members: Members

Our cluster has a strong focus on enhancing understanding and promoting management and sustainable use of the aquatic environment.  The primary emphasis is on the South Australian coastal environment.

Expertise and research activities range from bacterioplankton, over invertebrates and fish to cetaceans.

Active research areas in marine biology and aquaculture span the spectrum from coastal food webs, population and community ecology, over plankton dynamics through to seagrass and mangrove ecosystems.

The mix of disciplines consists of estuarine, benthic and microbial ecology, taxonomy, invasive species, marine macroecology, natural products and biological chemistry, coastal oceanography, plankton biology, aquatic animal health, aquaculture systems and genetics in aquaculture.

The whole team has a very noteworthy international background (being born across 4 continents), with broad experience (working on 7 continents) and widely published.

The Lincoln Marine Science Centre at Port Lincoln is a facility shared between Spencer TAFE, Flinders University and SARDI Aquatic Sciences and hosts much of this research.