Climate change and anthropogenic stressors are altering the frequency, intensity, and duration of disturbances to natural systems, with coral reefs being identified as one of the most threatened marine ecosystems. A multifaceted approach, including novel field observations, data syntheses, statistical analyses, and modelling, was taken to investigate resilience – a conceptual cornerstone for understanding the response of ecological systems to disturbances. With Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, as a case study within broader global and theoretical investigations, the mechanisms underlying disturbance dynamics in coral reefs were explored to provide a strong theoretical and applied contribution to the discipline of disturbance ecology.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||10 Jul 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|