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Stress and disturbance ecology

Stress and disturbance influence the provision of resources to marine organisms and their interactions. Stress and disturbance is sometimes natural and sometimes caused, directly or indirectly, by human activities.

CMER research in this theme addresses a diverse range of mechanisms causing stress and disturbance, for example biological (herbivory), chemical (pollution) and physical (wave exposure, temperature, light) agents. Our research under this theme aims to address fundamental questions of how stress and disturbance influence ecosystem function.


  • Effect of ocean warming and acidification on seagrass ecosystems
  • Dislodgment of kelps from reef ecosystems
  • Vegetative canopy regeneration of fucoids

Past Projects

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