In Marine Biology and Ecology we recognize that the future will not be like the recent past, and our goal is to understand how the interactions between natural and human systems will shape the marine biosphere. We are a large and diverse group, including 30 principal investigators and 60 postdoctoral and PhD researchers, that benefit from expertise in ecological theory, physiology, immunology, biology, ecology and environmental processes. We have particular strengths in the following research foci:
- Species behaviour.
- Biology and population ecology of marine organisms.
- Community and evolutionary ecology.
- Marine ecosystem dynamics.
- Eco-physiology and immunology.
- Molecular biology.
- Habitat mapping.
- Effects of marine infrastructure.
- Invasive species and species distributions.
- Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
- Coastal, estuarine, open ocean and deep ocean biology and ecology.
- Effects of environmental change, including warming, ocean acidification, hypoxia and other drivers of change.
- Concepts of ecosystem services with respect to socio-economic benefits, management and policy decisions.
Our work is supported by state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated mesocosms for pelagic , benthic and reef ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles and landers, hyperbaric chambers, molecular and biogeochemistry equipments, ecophysiology and molecular laboratories, aquarium and access to research vessels. The group has a significant and diverse portfolio of research income, and we work with a range of stakeholders and end users.