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Marine Biodiversity

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The vast majority of the Earth's oceans remain unexplored, and the diversity, distribution, abundance, and interrelationships of marine life represent one of the greatest frontiers in modern science.

Research within the Centre has improved our understanding of the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity in marine systems and the role of different species in the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This basic knowledge is critical for inferring the early stages in the evolution of life on earth, understanding how organisms adapt to the pressures of different marine environments, and determining how to best manage and conserve marine resources in the face of human activities and environmental change.