Current research projects
Urbanisation is one of the most significant challenges facing marine and coastal environments today. Sydney Harbour is Australia's largest, and most iconic, urbanised estuary. This makes SIMS an ideal place from which to understand, and help manage, the pressures of urbanisation and industrialisation on the harbour and coastal ecosystems. SIMS scientists study a broad array of impacts resulting from urbanisation, ranging from heavy metal pollution to the invasion of degraded habitats by marine pests.
SIMS, through its outreach programs, also focuses on engaging the urban community with the surrounding marine and estuarine environment.
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- Climate Change Impacts on Calcifying Marine Algae
- Making mud pies in Sydney Harbour
- Artificial structures and non-indigenous species - the evil twins?
- Seagrass Friendly Moorings
- Encouraging Native Water Rats
- Sydney Rock Oysters - Prolonged exposure to contaminants
- Ecology of limpets on NSW rocky shores
- Effects of Coastal Pollution on Native Ecosystems
- Beach Erosion in Port Stephen Estuaries
- Importance of habitat forming species for coastal biodiversity
- Weakening of nature's blue carbon sinks
- Measuring biological responses to environmental change