Lethal and sub-lethal impacts of dredge related stressors on corals

Pia Bessell-Browne

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Corals are the framework builders of coral reefs and face a suite of global and local pressures. One prominent local pressure is dredging. This project has investigated the impacts of a large-scale dredging project on coral health, and performed laboratory experiments Investigating the specific causal pathways and thresholds values of sediment related pressures. Additionally, cumulative impacts of both locally (sediment) and globally-relevant (temperature) pressures were Investigated. The results demonstrate that dredging impacts upon coral health and that cumulative Impacts further reduce health. These results provide critical knowledge to Improve the future management of dredging activities near coral reefs.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Clode, Peta, Supervisor
  • Jones, Ross, Supervisor
  • Negri, Andrew P., Supervisor, External person
  • Duckworth, Alan, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date3 Oct 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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