The effects of sediments on marine sponges

Brian William Strehlow

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Coastal development, such as dredging, is increasing sediment loads to many marine ecosystems. The effects of increased
sediment loads on sponges were poorly known, so I used a multidisciplinary approach to assess the impact of sediments on
the survival, growth, physiology, ultrastructure and gene expression of three, abundant and broadly distributed lndo-Pacific sponge species. The most sensitive species was Carteriospongia foliascens. In comparison, Cliona orientalis exhibited limited mortality and was resilient. Finally, Ianthella basta was tolerant to sediment-related stress. Species-specific responses to stress, potential bioindicators, and stress tolerance mechanisms were identified and characterised for use by researchers, regulators and managers.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Kendrick, Gary, Supervisor
  • Clode, Peta, Supervisor
  • Renton, Michael, Supervisor
  • Webster, Nicole S., Supervisor, External person
  • Duckworth, Alan, Supervisor, External person
Award date14 Dec 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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