Using primary producers to characterise the ecosystem of Little Darkin Swamp, WA.
The aim of my project is to identify which sources of carbon drive the aquatic food web by using ratios of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes. This will be achieved by linking the values from the primary producers to the consumers and determining their relative contributions to the food chain. I will also characterise the temporal dynamic of the system metabolism in the swamp during the hydroperiod using concentrations of dissolved oxygen. This information will be used to determine whether the system is autotrophic or heterotrophic.
Miss Nakisa Shahrestani
Masters by Research Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science
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