Marine Biology and Aquaculture


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.

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

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


Research Expertise

  • Marine macroecology
  • Pelagic ecology & biological oceanography
  • Coastal ecosystems
  • Benthic population and community ecology
  • Biological and chemical diversity of marine molluscs
  • Marine invertebrate life history
  • Invasive species
  • Applied fish genetics
  • Aquaculture system design & monitoring
  • Aquatic animal feed and nutrition
  • Aquaculture in developing communities
  • Seafood post-harvest handling & quality
  • Aquatic animal health & physiology
  • Aquaculture environment and waste management