Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170102261 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Gustaaf Hallegraeff; Prof Andrew McMinn; Adj/Prof Hendrik Heijnis; Dr Christopher Bolch; Dr Julien Soubrier

Brief description This project aims to assemble comprehensive long term Australian plankton records spanning 50 to 1000 years, by applying ancient DNA technology to dated sediment depth cores. Long-term data for Australian coastal and estuarine waters are sparse, so cannot be used for management of fisheries, tourism or urban development. Long-term records are essential to understand how disruptive algal and jellyfish blooms, introduced species and increased human use of coastal resources affect dynamic plankton ecosystems. This project’s findings are expected to explore cyclical patterns, define range expansions and understand and manage how dynamic coastal ecosystems respond to multistressor anthropogenic change. Findings will improve understanding of how dynamic marine environments retain their biodiversity values and critical ecological functions.

Funding Amount $439,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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