This thesis aimed to provide a better understanding of how temperate seaweed communities and associated fauna have responded to decades of increasing temperatures. The seaweed communities showed a non-linear response as warming interacted with smaller scale stressors such as wave exposure. The changes in seaweed composition has the potential to alter the energy flow within the system, as bacterioplankton showed a positive response to kelp exudates relative to Sargassum. Nonetheless, there was a degree of redundancy between ecological functions provided by different seaweeds to associated fauna. The reported findings are expected to continue as global warming does.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||24 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|