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Research themes

  • Urbanisation

    Urbanisation

    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 on the harbour and coastal ecosystems.

  • Biodiversity

    Biodiversity

    Sydney Harbour is one of the most biologically diverse harbours in the world. SIMS scientists are using both traditional and modern molecular techniques to expand our knowledge of this immense biodiversity.

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    The oceanography of the east coast of Australia is dominated by the East Australian Current. This current is increasing in strength making South-East Australia a global hot spot for climate change. SIMS is ideally placed for studying the causes and impacts of climate change in marine systems.

  • Ocean Resources

    Ocean Resources

    The ocean provides a wealth of resources for our use. SIMS scientists' research on the sustainable use of ocean resources is comparably broad, ranging from studies of the molecular mode of action of potential new pharmaceuticals to enhancing fish and prawn stocks along our coast.

  • Marine Management

    Marine Management

    From exploitation of key fisheries to conservation of endangered species, marine management relies on science to inform policy decisions. SIMS research is playing a critical role in managing our marine environment.

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  • Angela Catterns interviews Professor Emma Johnston

    Details:

    In case you missed this interview last week, take a listen now.

    2UE Dr Emma Johnson Interview on Afternoons

     

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  • Sydney Harbour a Systematic Review of Science 2014

    Details:

    The Sydney Institute of Marine Science has pleasure in presenting the inaugural Sydney Harbour Research Program Technical Report,  Sydney Harbour: A Systemic Review of the Science.  This report collates the currently available information within the world’s peer-reviewed, scientific literature, to provide a valuable guide to the current state of knowledge of the harbour. Please click to download the report.Sydney Harbour Research Program Report

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  • The tiny terrors at the bottom of the harbour

    Details:

    Tiny fragments of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, a situation that has the potential to poison fish and other sea life.
    "Slow degradation of plastic debris into ever-smaller particles means that microplastics are accumulating in the environment. Laboratory trials indicate this material is likely to be present in animal tissues and food webs."  

    Global trends suggest accumulations are increasing in aquatic habitats at a rate consistent with trends in plastic production, increasing 560 fold in more than 60 years.

    To read more about Dr Emma Johnston work please click here.

     
     
  • Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome study will use vaccine to trigger imunity in diseased oysters

    Details:

    In the latest attempt to manage POMS, researchers from Sydney's Institute of Marine Science plan to inject a vaccine into the abductor muscle of the Clyde River Pacific Oysters.

    POMS is a disease which has caused major problems on oyster beds on the central coast of NSW.

    So far, the Clyde River Pacific Oyster has not been affected by the disease.

    To read more click here.

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  • Harbour Shark alarm: Acoustic network monitors our migrating marine life

    Details:

    Macquarie University's & Sydney Institute of Marine Science Professor Robert Harcourt is writing for the Daily Telegraph as a scientist in Residence under an Australian Science Media Program.

    In this article he talks about The Sydney Gates as part of a network of acoustic data loggers being a constituent of the  integrated marine observing system and, how scientists are tagging animals to find out where they go, what they do and who with.

    To read the article please click here.

     

  • Beautiful but a threat - Tropical Fish destroy Kelp

    Details:

    The migration of tropical fish as a result of ocean warming poses a serious threat to the temperate areas they invade, because they overgraze on kelp forests and seagrass meadows, a new study concludes.

    The harmful impact of tropical fish is most evident in southern Japanese waters and the eastern Mediterranean, where there have been dramatic declines in kelps.

    There is also emerging evidence in Australia and the US that the spread of tropical fish towards the poles is causing damage in the areas they enter.

    “The tropicalisation of temperate marine areas is a new phenomenon of global significance that has arisen because of climate change,” says study lead author, Dr Adriana Verges, of SIMS and the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

    Read the full detail at

    https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/news/study-beautiful-threat-tropical-fish-destroy-kelp

  • 2014 Fantasea Harbour Hike

    When:

    7th September 2014

    Details:

    Hike to Help Our Harbour

     Harbour Hike Fantasea Harbour Hike, now in its fourth year aims to raise funds for the Sydney Harbour Research Program which is developing the science that will eagle us to look after our Harbour for future generations.

    Walk 12km of magnificent foreshore paths and come visit us at the SIMS tent in Clifton Gardens Reserve.  We're looking forward to seeing you.

    Registrations are now open at www.harbourhike.com

     

     

  • 2014 Emerald Dinner

    When:

    9th October, 2014

    Details:

    The annual SIMS Emerald Dinner celebrating our unique coastal and marine environments will be held on 9th October 2014.

    At this year's dinner our Guest Speaker will be Don McIntyre, Recipient of the 2012 Australian Geographic Lifetime Adventure Award. 

    Come along and be part of what will be a riveting presentation of Don's adventures, everything from living in a box, chained to rocks at Mawson's Hut, to racing 27,000 nautical miles solo around the world, to a solo gyrocopter flight around Australia.

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  • Great reading in June newsletter

    Details:

    Take a look at what's happening at SIMS in the latest Foundation Newsletter.

    It's a great way to stay in touch with your Institute.

    SIMS Foundation Newsletter 2014-06

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  • SIMS reaches out with video classes

    Details:

    SIMS is excited to have delivered its first video conference lesson for regional schools through facilities provided by the Australian Museum, and thanks to the fantastic presentation delivered by Dr. Erik van Sebille an oceanographer at UNSW.

    Erik taught the children of Westlawn Public School Grafton about ocean currents through his account of the true story of 28,800 rubber ducks lost at sea.  The students were very engaged, exploring the issues of plastics in our oceans. 

    Take a look yourself at Erik's website http://www.adrift.org.au/#what

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  • Take a look at SIMS

    Details:

    Take a look at our new SIMS Video here

     

     

Long Term Projects

Facility Upgrade

In 2009 SIMS received $19.5 M from the Commonwealth Education Investment Fund, further augmented by $1.2 M from The Ian Potter Foundation and the NSW Government Science Leveraging Fund, to enhance its facilities. These infrastructure grants have resulted in a world class marine facility.

IMOS

SIMS operates the NSW node of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). IMOS is a nation-wide collaborative program which uses the latest advances in technology to observe the oceans. The program has strong links with similar international programs and agencies.

Sydney Harbour Research Program

SIMS is conducting a multidisciplinary research project. The objectives are to identify, preserve and enhance the resilience of those species and habitats in Sydney Harbour that have high ecosystem and conservation value, and to enhance the capacity of relevant government departments to make key management decisions regarding the Harbour.