The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a world-class centre of excellence for research and education at the University of Tasmania.
Our research is innovative, relevant, and globally distinctive. Our education delivers first-class programs resulting in highly trained scientists and researchers serving the needs of academic institutions, industry, government and the community.
IMAS has three core research programs in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ecology and Biodiversity, and Oceans and Cryosphere. These are linked by the cross-disciplinary themes of Climate change, Ocean-Earth systems and Oceans and Antarctic governance.
Based on IMAS's activities, in the 2017 CWUR world university rankings by subject the University of Tasmania was ranked fourth in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology, and seventh in the world for both Fisheries and Oceanography.
In the QS Rankings by Subject for 2017 the University of Tasmania was ranked in the top 50 for Earth and Marine Sciences, which covers the bulk of IMAS’s research and teaching activities.
To be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education, developing environmental understanding, and facilitating sustainable development for the benefit of Australia and the world.
To improve understanding of temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic environments, their resources, and their roles in the global climate system through research, education and outreach.
To deliver our vision and mission, IMAS must become and internationally recognised, globally distinctive research and educational institute, offering excellence in basic, mission-oriented, and applied research. This research will cut across traditional scientific and social scientific boundaries, serving stakeholders and users across government, industry, and academic institutions. It will deliver new outcomes and knowledge relevant to marine and Antarctic environments and their resources, in particular, fisheries and aquaculture.
IMAS is characterised by research and education programs that: