Effects of marine reserves on herbivores and their functional role on temperate reefs

Adrian Ferguson

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    A key objective of marine reserves is to maintain ecological processes important to the functioning of marine ecosystems. Grazing by tropical herbivores contributes to maintaining resilient coral reefs and reserves are critical in conserving herbivores and the functional role they provide. Less is known, however, about the effects of reserves on herbivorous fish and their role on temperate reefs. This study assessed the effects of marine reserves on herbivores and their functional role on temperate reefs using a novel approach combining multiple experimental techniques. The findings in this study demonstrate the clear potential for enhanced ecosystem function within temperate marine reserves.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Award date21 Dec 2016
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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