Trophic interactions in tropical seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef

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Trophic interactions in tropical seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef

Title of Project

Trophic interactions in tropical seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef

Name of Advisor/s

Helene Marsh, Mark Hamann, Marcus Sheaves, Paul York, Michael Rasheed (depending on the scope of the project)

College

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

Seagrasses provide valuable ecosystem services and functions, but this capacity is threatened by coastal development. In Australia, resource managers lack accurate information about potential impacts from these developments. This project will focus on the trophic fate of seagrass productivity, using field-based experiments and cutting edge technology to determine seagrass consumers (e.g, fish, dugong and turtles) and higher-order predators in tropical seagrass food-chains. This information will then be used to develop a spatial valuation tool utilising GIS software to provide critical knowledge to resource managers and policy makers to minimise to impact of coastal development on seagrass ecosystems.

Key Words

Seagrass, dugong, turtle, fish, herbivory, ecosystem services, spatial mapping

Would suit an applicant who

We are seeking highly motivated applicants who have completed Honours, Masters or appropriate Postgraduate research training. Applications will be assessed on academic achievement, publications, relevance of most recent degree and professional experience. Would suit a candidate with field experience and skill in the marine environment (e.g., diving and boating, not essential).