Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management

The Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) is an Albany-based research centre of the University of Western Australia (UWA). It was established as an initiative of UWA and the GSDC, with the financial and in-kind support of a number of State and other entities, including the Commonwealth through the then Great Southern Area Consultative Committee.

Recent major research programs include:

  • Restoring native oyster beds in Oyster Harbour for broad eco-system benefits
  • Climate change impacts on Mediterranean climate regions
  • Role of vertebrates in plant pollination
  • Pollution of marine habitats and animals by plastics
  • Health of soils in agricultural landscapes
  • Ecology of urban rivers and wetlands
  • Kimberley Indigenous Saltwater Science Project.

CENRM continues to support the wider community through involvement in committees and advisory boards. Through the Great Southern Science Council, CENRM contributed to National Science Week activities such as ‘Science Rocks’. Staff also contribute to regional national and international committees and reference groups including regional biodiversity and water reference groups and the international Stewardship Council for Aquaculture.

In collaboration with the UWA Albany and Perth campuses, CENRM has continued to develop undergraduate and postgraduate teaching portfolios. Student numbers continue to increase. In mid-2017, CENRM employed 12 teaching, research and administration staff and an additional 17 casual teaching and research staff. Four adjunct research staff and one senior honorary research fellow are also attached to the centre. Since 2012, the GSDC has financially supported the Chair in Biodiversity at CENRM, which is currently filled by eminent plant biologist Professor Stephen Hopper.

In the most recent reporting period, CENRM produced more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and conference proceedings. CENRM staff supervise students at Honours, Master degreee and PhD level.

CENRM has maintained a high standard of teaching and research and has had the continued support of the community and the GSDC. The GSDC chairs the CENRM Advisory Board.

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