Impacts of Ocean Warming and Acidification on Multiple Life Stages of Corals at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands

Taryn Foster

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    In response to climate change, many tropical marine species are shifting their ranges into sub-tropical regions, however, there is little research focused how high latitude species will cope with these changes. The data presented in this thesis advances our current understanding of how sub-tropical corals will be impacted by ocean acidification and warming. Adult corals had reduced summer calcification rates in response to sub-bleaching level thermal stress, while juveniles showed tolerance to thermal stress, suggesting that sub-tropical juveniles may be resilient to initial temperature increases. Conversely, ocean acidification had severe impacts on juvenile calcification, causing smaller and malformed skeletons.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • McCulloch, Malcolm, Supervisor
    • Clode, Peta, Supervisor
    • Gilmour, James, Supervisor
    • Falter, James, Supervisor
    • van Keulen, Michael, Supervisor, External person
    Award date3 Aug 2016
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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