As the Earth's climate is changing, communities are facing an increasing number of stressors including ocean warming and marine heatwaves (MHWs). My thesis explores how ecologically important seaweeds are likely to respond to these thermal stressors. Specifically, it addresses the importance of physical attributes of MHWs, the interaction between irradiance levels and MHWs, and explores thermal sensitivity between species and populations to warming, variability and MHWs. Overall, severity of climate change impacts will be highly species-specific, dependant on a species thermal history and threshold, co-occurrence with additional stressors and the physical attributes of the realised temperature profile.
Take-down noticeEmbargoed from 05/03/2019 to 05/09/2020
Made publicly available on 05/09/2020