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Habitat connectivity and trophic interaction

Understanding the mechanisms and extent of connectivity among habitats is fundamental to understanding large-scale ecological processes as well as managing the integrity of coastal landscapes. Movements of nutrients, detritus and animals across habitat boundaries provide a mechanism for habitats to interact, and influence biodiversity and productivity.

This theme forms a major focus of research within CMER, with particular emphasis placed on using experimental and biomarker (stable isotopes and fatty acids) approaches to examine cross-boundary linkages among reefs, seagrass meadows, surf zones and beaches within coastal landscapes. Research findings are relevant to the development of zoning schemes within marine parks, the designation of marine management units outside marine parks and the design of coastal structures that can interfere with the transfer of marine wrack and organism, such a groynes and marinas.

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