We are working towards models to predict the impacts of multiple stressors on coastal habitats, like seagrass and mangroves, funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project.
The project team is lead by Dr Chris Brown and includes Professor’s Rod Connolly (Griffith) and Isabelle Cote (Simon Fraser University), postdoc Dr Mischa Turschwell, and PhD students Olivia King and Laura Griffiths.
Key results to date are:
A global scale analysis of drivers of mangrove loss, showing variable effects of cumulative impacts to mangroves across nations, but also that rates of loss are lower in protected areas.
A review of the interactive effects of pesticides and low light on aquatic primary producers. PhD student Olivia King led this review of the physiology of these stressors, which she drew on to hypothesize how these stressors will interact. She is now testing those hypotheses in a series of lab experiments.