Dr Ylva Olsen
Ylva is a marine ecologist with an interest in seagrass and macroalgae. In her research, she tries to understand how human impacts including eutrophication, warming, and ocean acidification, shape benthic ecosystems. She studies the abundance and species richness of marine plants and algae and their ability to support higher trophic levels. She assesses the impacts from the bottom-up by nutrients, temperature, carbon dioxide, and environmental conditions and from the top-down by grazers and pathogens. This research contributes to our understanding of what shapes estuarine, coastal and shallow reef communities and informs management of the unique marine resources found along the Western Australian coastline.