Lara Oppermann


Lara is currently undertaking a Masters of Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology and will be part of a larger project studying the effects future extreme climate events may have on seagrass meadows that are already dealing with the temperature changes imposed by global warming. She is combining chlorophyll fluorescence measurements with expression analysis to understand how the photosynthetic mechanism is coping with simulated heat stress. The results of this project will improve our understanding of how meadows in Shark Bay, and other locations along the Australian coast, will cope with temperature stress under a changed climate.

Masters thesis topic: Photo-physiological stress responses of temperate seagrass under climate change scenarios