Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150104263 [ 2015 - 2017 ]

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Researchers Dr Bayden Russell; Prof Sean Connell; Prof Brian Helmuth; Dr Brendan Kelaher; Prof Gianluca Sara; A/Prof Christopher Harley

Brief description Ecosystem change is a frequent outcome of decadal modifications of the physical and chemical environment. Whilst these changes often involve degredation from productive states, we have a poor understanding of the mechanisms which drive change. Key stressors in marine systems, ocean acidification (OA) and warming, are predicted to drive loss of kelp forests but we still don’t understand the reality of these predictions. This project will bridge the gap between physiology and ecology in kelp forest species by developing mechanistic models to predict change and, in an unprecedented step, test them with long-term experiments at naturally acidified sites to understand the consequences of OA and warming for kelp forests.

Funding Amount 363300

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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