Quantitative Ecology for ICE (Inland and Coastal Ecosystems)

The Department of Quantitative Ecology for Inland and Coastal Ecosystems focuses on integrating data across temporal and spatial scales to solve complex problems. Ecological theories and established models are challenged and extended upon using real world data collected from microcosm experiments, field studies and long-term investigations. To achieve this we employ diverse conceptual and numerical approaches such as Conceptual Models, Probability Theory, System Dynamics Simulation Models, Statistical Modeling and Multivariate Analyses. Significant research outcomes from Oceania Scientific Services are presented as Original Research Papers in key international journals and delivered orally at Scientific Conferences globally.



Key Research Focus Areas


Applying statistical inference in combination with spatial statistics and remote sensing approaches to understand nutrients transport and processes within catchments. Nutrients of high interest are nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon and dissolved organic matter.

Research here uses ecological principals from the field of soil science, hydrology, conservation and ecological economics. We aim to contribute to the global understanding of the links between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will to contribute scientific knowledge to the field of biogeochemistry, environmental science and agricultural science.

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Catchment Processes

The links between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

Nutrients and Productivity

Estuarine and Costal Marine Systems

Reducing the growth of problematic algal and other biological invaders is a topical area of focus at Oceania Scientific Services. Nutrients and productivity in estuarine and marine systems is a topic with increasing societal and economic relevance and requires innovation, creativity and interdisciplinary approaches to address it.

Applying dynamic systems modeling, statistical computing, data visualization, general applied statistics, academics at Oceania Scientific Services collaborate on research projects aiming to capturing the emerging pressures of coastal landuse and agricultural nutrient inputs to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Structural equation modeling (SEM), mixed effect modeling and dynamic systems modeling approaches are some of the methods used at Oceania Scientific Services to understand the sources, transformation and fate of organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus in aquatic systems.

With a strong interest in quantifying important biological and physical processes and their role in contributing to optimal water quality parameters, our research here focuses on pulling apart variables, and extract and visualizing complex datasets. Research in the areas contributes to the scientific  to the fields of freshwater ecology and ecotoxicology.

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Nutrient Dynamics

Sources, Transformations and Sinks