Marine Ecology Research Centre
The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) builds on the internationally recognised marine research of the Coral Reef Research Centre and the Whale Research Centre at SCU, and its Director is Professor Peter Harrison.
The MERC team includes more than 20 marine researchers and many postgraduate students within the School of Environment, Science and Engineering based at the SCU Lismore Campus and the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
MERC supports a broad range of marine ecology research at Southern Cross University and our core research strengths include:
- Coral reef ecology
- Whale and dolphin ecology
- Marine chemistry and pollution
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Marine biodiversity
Our vision is to provide world-leading marine science research that is regionally relevant and nationally and internationally significant.