Photo: Rachel Austin

Saving seagrass from climate change

Climate change is driving profound changes in our natural ecosystems. Our research continues to be conducted in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shark Bay (Gathaagudu), where marine heat waves and extreme tidal events are impacting survival and sexual reproduction in Posidonia. This project will test whether enhancing genetic connectivity in range edge seagrass populations increases their resilience to climate change. We suggest that such a ‘genetic rescue’ approach will provide a novel and practical solution for seagrass conservation and restoration in changing environmental conditions. 

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In collaboration with: 

Martin Breed, Flinders University

Siegy Krauss, DBCA

key contact: Elizabeth Sinclair