FREE LECTURE: Sea Change: Managing our coastal ecosystems under a rapid changing climate
|Sea Change: Managing our coastal ecosystems under a rapid changing climate
Join us for this Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series featuring Dr Mattew Fraser from the UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences.
Marine benthic species such as seagrass meadows, and coral and macroalgal reefs form the foundation of some of the most threatened ecosystems globally. These habitat-forming species support ecosystems that are facing unprecedented change, and the continued resilience of these species requires adaptive, pro-active management strategies. However, current management and monitoring programs largely rely on indicators that do not provide sufficient warning of stress prior to habitat loss. There is thus a critical need to develop science-based solutions that provide quick, cost-effective methods to monitor and respond rapidly to changes in the health of marine benthic organisms prior to habitat loss. This talk will summarize some of the major threats facing the diverse and valuable marine habitats in Western Australia, before discussing the new approaches that will help future proof our marine ecosystems to such threats.
Matthew is a marine scientist specializing in benthic ecology, whose primary research focusses on developing innovative solutions to improve the conservation and management of our coastal ecosystems. Matthew is currently investigating the development of molecular markers that enable fast, sub-lethal measurements of stress in marine habitat forming organisms such as seagrasses, corals and macroalgae. He addresses these research areas with a range of different methodologies that include molecular ecology and physiology in both controlled tank systems and in large scale field experiments. Matthew is also broadly interested in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, to help better understand interactions between marine primary producers and their surrounding environments and the importance of such interactions in a management context. Matthew completed his PhD in 2017 at UWA, and later that year was the inaugural recipient of the Robson and Robertson Postdoctoral Fellowship.
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