Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190100058 [ 2019 - 2023 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Thomas Wernberg; Dr Melinda Coleman; Dr Karen Filbee-Dexter

Brief description This project aims to use ecological models and field experiments to uncover drivers and critical thresholds for turf expansion. Habitat loss is a leading threat to goods and services from the oceans. Globally, kelp forests are collapsing and being replaced by persistent unwanted algal ‘turfs’. Understanding of this habitat shift is rudimentary, and solutions to mitigate the impacts virtually non-existent. Through stress experiments and genomic analyses, this project aims to discover resilient kelps that promote forest persistence under stress. By expanding our understanding of critical habitat transitions, and exploring new solutions, this project aims to enhance our capacity to respond to the ongoing degradation of Australia’s Great Southern Reef.

Funding Amount $460,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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