Humans are altering marine assemblages at a global scale. Little is known about open ocean ecosystems and the anthropogenic impacts upon them relative to coastal ecosystems. Through a large-scale non-destructive survey, I demonstrate that distance from human populations provides a buffer to some of these impacts and that studying remote areas can offer insights into how these ecosystems function in a natural state. I provide information on the demographics, distribution, habitat associations, and behavioural interactions of pelagic species. This research informs management efforts by identifying areas as conservation priorities and providing benchmark data against which future change can be monitored.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||4 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|