Tropical oceans are some of the most diverse habitats on the planet. For example, coral reefs make up just 1% of the ocean floor, yet harbour about a quarter of all known marine species.
AIMS studies many tropical marine species; from reef-building corals and their symbiotic microalgae, through to iconic marine megafauna such as sea turtles and the world’s largest fish, whale sharks. Our research helps understand the risks posed to animals and plants by human activity, such as climate change, coastal development, and fishing to ensure better management.
Many of Australia’s iconic marine animals are listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Our teams use tracking and mapping techniques to identify critical habitats and high-risk areas where human activities intersect with these environments. This knowledge supports the sustainable developments of marine resources.
Corals are essential reef-builders, providing homes and food for a quarter of the world's marine life.