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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research. We are dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating thoughtful and sustainable development for the benefit of Australia and the world.

IMAS builds on over 20 years of university core partnerships in cooperative Antarctic research, and plays a key role in temperate marine and Southern Ocean research.

Strategically located at the gateway to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, our research spans three key areas:

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture (F&A)
  • Ecology and Biodiversity (E&B)
  • Oceans and Cryosphere (O&C).

Our landmark headquarters on the Hobart waterfront houses IMAS O&C and E&B, along with Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and associated entities. It includes world-class laboratories and teaching spaces, and cultivates new research and educational opportunities.

Just 15 minutes away on the scenic route south, IMAS Taroona is emerging as a unique fisheries and aquaculture precinct – a centre for world-class research, enhanced collaboration and industry engagement, and outstanding marine science education.

At IMAS, we provide a highly-motivational and engaging research environment. Our world leading scientists include one ARC Laureate Fellow, seven Future Fellows, four DECRAs and four IPCC AR5 lead authors, making it an excellent environment for training and mentoring the next generation of world leaders in science, technology and policy.

We are working to address the major questions in marine and Antarctic science, particularly living marine resource research and climate studies, through new collaborations, novel interdisciplinary investigations and intellectual rigor. With collaborative partners across the globe, we deliver our research to government, industry, institutions and communities.

IMAS is poised to place the University of Tasmania in a strategic position as a world leader in temperate marine and Antarctic research and education, and in seafood security.

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