Adapting to coastal tropicalisation: ecosystem function implications
Funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Program and a NSW Environmental Trust Research grant.
As global temperate reefs respond to ocean warming, we are losing iconic and economically important kelp forests and associated fishes and invertebrates. Novel communities are emerging in these systems.
This project aims to combine large-scale field and mesocosm experiments, food web models and advanced microbiology, to characterise the new dynamics of these novel systems, and provide an understanding of how to maintain key ecosystem functions - primary productivity, fish production - that underpin the benefits that humans derive from our coastlines.