Stream 2: Biodiversity
- Kathryn McMahon1, Gary Kendrick2, Matt Fraser2 and Kate O’Brien3
- 1Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research, Edith Cowan University, Australia
- 2Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Australia
- 3University of Queensland, Australia
Local to global scale anthropogenic stressors are significantly impacting valued coastal primary producer habitat such as seagrasses. New approaches and ways of thinking are required to improve conservation, management and restoration of these habitats. As they are inherently dynamic, and respond to natural and anthropogenic environmental change across a range of scales, using a resilience framework provides an opportunity to improve management efforts. We welcome submissions that investigate the resilience of primary producer habitats, their ability to resist and recover from disturbance, and factors that affect this such as the nature of the disturbance, condition of the habitat, environmental conditions and feedbacks. In addition presentations on new methods or tools to assess resilience or incorporate it into management are welcome. This session is of critical importance as coastal ecosystems continue to be highly impacted by human activities. Many recent publications, including some by conveners suggest the need incorporate resilience science into management. This session will provide an opportunity to bring these ideas together with researchers around the globe.