Coastal ecosystems and the services they provide are under immense pressure due to a wide range of human influences. Seagrasses provide critical coastal ecosystem and socioeconomic services, but there is substantial evidence indicating that they are declining at disturbing rates across the globe. They form the foundation of many aquatic food chains and in estuary ecosystems in particular, seagrasses are a main food source for an iconic WA species: the black swan. Herbivory plays a key role in influencing the community structure and ecological processes within many ecosystems, but climate change is predicted to have profound impacts upon theses ecosystems, and seagrasses are no exception. My research will investigate the combined effects of herbivory and temperature increases that are induced by climate change on the resilience of estuarine seagrass in Western Australia.
Masters by Research Student
Ms Caitlyn O'Dea
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
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