Sea Change: Managing our coastal ecosystems under a rapidly changing climate
Join us for this Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series featuring Dr Matthew Fraser from the UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences.
Marine benthic species such as seagrass meadows, and coral and macroalgal reefs form the foundation of some of the most threatened ecosystems globally. These habitat-forming species support ecosystems that are facing unprecedented change, and the continued resilience of these species requires adaptive, pro-active management strategies.
However, current management and monitoring programs largely rely on indicators that do not provide sufficient warning of stress prior to habitat loss. There is thus a critical need to develop science-based solutions that provide quick, cost-effective methods to monitor and respond rapidly to changes in the health of marine benthic organisms prior to habitat loss.
This talk will summarize some of the major threats facing the diverse and valuable marine habitats in Western Australia, before discussing the new approaches that will help future proof our marine ecosystems to such threats.