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Resilience of seagrasses in Northwest Western Australia

The ability of marine communities to withstand and recover from natural disturbance and human impacts, defined as resilience, is dependent on the genetic diversity of, and migration among populations. Understanding these factors in marine species like seagrasses is essential for effective conservation and management, yet our understanding is generally poor. This project will examine genetic diversity and connectivity of two significant marine seagrass species across the NW of WA, an environment exposed to extreme events and with significant human development. This information will inform the spatial planning and management of marine parks and large-scale developments in this region, and internationally. The focal species are Halophila ovalis and Halodule uninervis.

Funding agency

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife WA
  • Edith Cowan University Industry Collaboration Grant

Project duration

September 2015 to June 2016.


Researchers

Dr Kathryn McMahon

Department of Parks and Wildlife, Dr Richard Evans

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