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|About||MERC is part of the SCU Institute for Development, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) and the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. Most MERC researchers are based at the Lismore campus with some members based at NMSC and Gold Coast campus.|
|Mission||The vision of the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) is to conduct high level, rigorous, empirical and independent research to promote the conservation of marine resources and ecosystems.|
MERC was funded in 2010 from the former Coral Reef Research Centre and the Whale Research Centre at SCU. Today MERC includes internationally recognised experts in coral reef ecology, benthic ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, water resources management, marine chemistry and marine mammals.
The research conducted at MERC varies from coral reproduction and restoration, bioresource value of marine molluscs, marine pollution, biodiversity of subtidal habitat, estuarine and marine ecology, toxicology and conservation and management of cetaceans and other marine life.
Since its establishment MERC members produced hundreds of publications in peer-reviewed journals and MERC members currently supervise more than 60 postgraduate research students.
|Products||MERC provides outstanding opportunities for postgraduate students (PhD, Master and Honours) to continue their research careers in marine science. The Marine Science and Management undergraduate course is available through the School of Environment, Science and Engineering http://courses.scu.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-marine-science-and-management.|