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Masters student receives award at marine conference

Thursday, 18 July 2019

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Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) Masters student, Ms O’Dea, was awarded the Ernest Hodgkin Estuary Research prize at the 2019 AMSA conference held July 7-11th in Fremantle for her talk titled ‘Plant-herbivore interactions in a changing climate and implications for seagrass recovery’. In her presentation, she discussed preliminary findings of her research investigating the impacts of increased swan grazing on seagrass Halophila ovalis meadows in south-west Australian estuaries with a focus on the Swan-Canning estuary. The prize, donated by The Committee of the Ernest Hodgkin Trust for Estuary Education and Research, is awarded annually for the best student presentation on research that will facilitate a greater understanding of estuarine processes and management. Caitlyn's work will assist in the development of future management strategies of estuaries and lead to better understanding of the combined effects of warmer waters and grazing on seagrass recovery.

Well done, Caitlyn.

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