The Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) was established in 2006 and has since grown into one of the leading groups for marine mammal research in Australia, and collaborates on projects throughout Australia, the Indo-Pacific and the US.
Since 2006, MUCRU members have published more than 85 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and attracted significant research, industry and government funding.
Members of MUCRU currently serve on boards and scientific committees and hold scientific advisory roles for the Society of Marine Mammalogy, Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The overall aim of MUCRU is the conservation and management of cetaceans and dugongs. We strive to design and conduct rigorous applied and fundamental research that supports industry and government in meeting their environmental, regulatory and statutory responsibilities.
Areas of research
MUCRU has six core research areas:
- Abundance estimation
- Behavioural ecology
- Interactions between cetaceans and fisheries
- Investigations of marine mammal health
- Development of innovative research techniques
- Citizen science
These research areas reflect the diversity and breadth of experience and expertise held by MUCRU personnel. Above all, MUCRU members seek to conduct research that improves the scientific basis for the conservation of cetaceans and dugongs and assists in environmental decision-making by industry, government, and the community.
Significant state, national, and international supporters
Australian Marine Mammal Centre (Department of Environment, Commonwealth Government); Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA State Government); Department of Fisheries (WA State Government); Fisheries Research & Development Corporation; Nickol Bay Professional Fishers Association (WA); National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, US Government); Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre (WA); Western Australian Marine Science Institution; WWF-Australia; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust; South West Marine Research Program Partners (WA); Insitu Pacific; Swan River Trust.