The Marine Restoration Ecology Team uses innovative and rigorous scientific approaches to understand the contributions of clonality, seed dispersal and recruitment in shaping population structure and connectivity among seagrass meadows. They unravel the interactions among seagrasses and the surrounding environment including abiotic (non-living physical and chemical factors that affect seagrass ability to survive and reproduce) and biotic factors (biological organisms or material that directly or indirectly affect seagrass in its environment).
The marine group is multi-disciplinary with specialisation in genetics, seed biology and ecology, aquaculture and tissue culture, marine ecology and marine restoration ecology. This well-integrated team are at the forefront of restoration science, supporting the emerging sector of marine ecological restoration.
Projects address both basic and applied issues that combine in situ and laboratory-based techniques across temperate and tropical biomes within Western Australia. Focus sites include: Cockburn Sound south of Perth and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.