Exploring resilience to disturbances in coral reef ecosystems, with case studies from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Anna Cresswell

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Renton, Michael, Supervisor
  • Langlois, Tim, Supervisor
  • Thomson, Damian P., Supervisor, External person
  • Haywood, Mick, Supervisor, External person
Award date10 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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