Environmental and ecological drivers of performance and distribution of high latitude corals

Defne Sahin

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Species are responding to climate change through shifts in biogeographical distributions which can lead to profound changes in the ecosystem structure. My thesis explores how biogenic habitats in general - but high latitude corals of Western Australia in particular - are likely responding to climate change. I demonstrate that the expansion of coral assemblages in the tropical-temperate transition zones in Western Australia, yet show that the progress of these expansions is non-linear and spatially variable, likely due to ecological interactions and differences in physiological tolerance of the established assemblages.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wernberg, Thomas, Supervisor
  • Thomson, Damian P., Supervisor, External person
  • Radford, Ben, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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