Our research

At CIE, we're constantly researching and identifying the impact of environmental change. From the effects of dwindling shark numbers on blue carbon to the ramifications of climate change on sea turtle hatchlings, we aggregate data on and off the field to address these urgent issues.

Our research focus

We work collaboratively with like-minded associations to bring together broad-spectrum data on threatened species and environmental change. Our research feeds directly into conservation policy, with potentially global impact. We record sightings, explore how to mitigate decline and deliver real-world outcomes.

One example of the importance of our research comes from the work of CIE's Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Euan Ritchie and Professor Graeme Hays. After examining available data, they identified that shark culling is altering the ocean's carbon cycle. This is causing instability in the ocean's natural food chain and leading to the release of carbon from the seafloor and coastal zones into the atmosphere.

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For a long time, we've known that changes to the structure of food webs – particularly due to loss of top predators such as sharks – can alter ecosystem function.

DR PETER MACREADIE

Spotlight on turtles

The South Australian Sea Turtle (SAST) project is an exciting initiative aimed at research and conservation of these highly threatened marine species.

We want to learn more about what drives the occurrence of sea turtles off the coast of southern Australia, as our current knowledge of this elusive species remains limited largely to anecdotal sightings and stranding events along the coast.

Learn more about SAST