The ecology of corals at high latitudes: assembly drivers, early life limitations, population dynamics and temperature driven responses

Chenae Cooper

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Corals are generally associated with tropical reef ecosystems, but they also persist in limited assemblages at high latitudes.
Conditions at high latitudes are considered marginal for corals, however in recent times many of these coral assemblages have
, expanded. These expansions have been attributed to the alleviation of cold stress due to global warming, as well as competitive
release due to the decline of temperate seaweeds. My thesis explores the drivers of spatial differences in coral assemblages,
coral life history strategies, variability of coral recruitment in space and time, and the impact of modified temperature regimes on corals at high latitudes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Jun 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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