Stream 2: Biodiversity
- Megan Huggett1, Katherine Dafforn2, Eva Aylagas Martinez3 and Emma Johnston2
- 1Edith Cowan University, Australia
- 2University of New South Wales, Australia
- 3King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia
This symposium will bring together scientists and managers to discuss ‘omics tools for estuarine research and applications. Estuarine systems are connected to both the wider catchment, with freshwater and terrestrial exchanges, and to marine ecosystems. Advances in genetics together with the development of molecular tools have allowed researchers to investigate ecosystem change at micro-scales. We can use these new tools to measure ecosystem health, and connectivity across systems, which are crucial to managing human impacts on our coastlines, particularly in estuaries. Presenters will discuss advances in ‘omics to monitor contaminant impacts, identify incursions of pest species, quantify ecosystem functional impacts of environmental change, measure connectivity across a range of spatial scales and provide opportunities for impact mitigation.