The role of herbivores as ecosystem engineers in Great Barrier Reef seagrass meadows

Scott, Abigail Lucy (2020) The role of herbivores as ecosystem engineers in Great Barrier Reef seagrass meadows. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

Abigail Scott studied how herbivore grazing can modify seagrass meadows in the Great Barrier Reef. She found that herbivores act as ecosystem engineers in these seagrass meadows, particularly green turtles and dugong. Abigail's results will be used to inform seagrass monitoring on the Great Barrier Reef.

Item ID: 69096
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Chelonia mydas, Dugong dugon, dugong, ecosystem services, fish, food web, grazing, Great Barrier Reef, green turtle, herbivore, herbivory, marine protected area, megagrazer, megaherbivore, mesograzer, plant-herbivore interactions, sea urchin, seagrass ecosystems, seagrass, subtropical
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Abigail Lucy Scott.
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Five publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

Chapter 2: Scott, Abigail L., York, Paul H., Duncan, Clare, Macreadie, Peter I., Connolly, Rod M., Ellis, Megan T., Jarvis, Jessie C., Jinks, Kristin I., Marsh, Helene, and Rasheed, Michael A. (2018) The role of herbivory in structuring tropical seagrass ecosystem service delivery. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9. 127.

Chapter 3: Scott, Abigail L., York, Paul H., and Rasheed, Michael A. (2021) Herbivory has a major influence on structure and condition of a Great Barrier Reef subtropical seagrass meadow. Estuaries and Coasts, 44. pp. 506-521.

Chapter 4: Scott, Abigail L., York, Paul H., and Rasheed, Michael A. (2020) Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) grazing plot formation creates structural changes in a multi-species Great Barrier Reef seagrass meadow. Marine Environmental Research, 162. 105183.

Chapter 5: Scott, Abigail L., York, Paul H., and Rasheed, Michael A. (2021) Spatial and temporal patterns in macroherbivore grazing in a multi-species tropical seagrass meadow of the Great Barrier Reef. Diversity, 13 (1). 12.

Chapter 6: Scott, Abigail L., York, Paul H., Macreadie, Peter I., and Rasheed, Michael A. (2021) Spatial and temporal variability of green turtle and dugong herbivory in seagrass meadows of the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 667. pp. 225-231.

Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 23:31
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410203 Ecosystem function @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 35%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180203 Coastal or estuarine biodiversity @ 35%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180501 Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems @ 30%
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