Changes in temperate seaweed communities and the associated subtidal reef ecosystem

Yannick Mulders

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Wernberg, Thomas, Supervisor
  • Langlois, Tim, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 Feb 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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