I am investigating herbivory within temperate southwest Australian seagrass meadows. Temperate seagrass habitats are characterized by predominantly omnivorous fishes that exert very little direct control on seagrass production. Climate change-induced tropicalisation has seen the arrival of the tropical herbivore Siganus fuscescens in temperate coastal waters. I am exploring questions regarding the diets of a number of temperate fish species, and comparing them to S. fuscescens, and additionally comparing the diet of S. fuscescens across different climate zones.
Mr Casper Avenant
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
School of Science
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