The Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology addresses the evolutionary consequences of large-scale and rapid marine environmental perturbations. Our research will significantly advance the frontiers of marine evolutionary biology, and at the same time, improve the benefit of marine conservation and management.
The main objectives of CeMEB are to:
- Deliver urgently needed basic understanding of how marine organisms adapt to environmental changes over spatial and temporal scales relevant to current processes of global change
- Assess the potential for, and rates of, adaptation and evolution of populations of marine species in light of predicted rates of environmental change
- Extend and expand our knowledge and understanding of mechanisms of genetic, epigenetic and induced adaptation to rapid environmental change, and most importantly, link processes at population, organism and molecular level
- Integrate empirical data with ecosystem-based models to evaluate and forecast the effects of large-scale environmental change on the distribution and survival of marine populations