[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP170100023]
Researchers A/Prof Thomas Wernberg; Dr Adriana Verges; Prof Peter Steinberg
Brief description This project aims to understand the mechanisms behind climate-mediated declines in kelp. Ocean warming causes the collapse of valuable temperate kelp forests globally and on both sides of Australia, but it is unknown if this is because of direct physiological effects from temperature or the indirect effects of changes in species interactions. This project will compare the direct effects of marine heatwaves to the indirect effects of range-shifting tropical herbivores and pathogens for the kelp forests of the Great Southern Reef, one of Australia’s largest coastal ecosystems. This project will generate knowledge underpinning adaptation strategies for these critical ecosystems, and could enhance the capacity to respond to degradation of these natural assets.
Funding Amount $385,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects