Restoration

Habitat-forming species (e.g., kelp forests, shellfish reefs) are declining globally. This has important implications for ecosystem services, such as biodiversity provision and climate change buffering. This research develops techniques for restoring important habitat-forming species.

Image: Tristan Graham
Kelp restoration

This project investigates strategies for urchin management and kelp restoration using transplanting techniques. It evaluates the ecosystem services of natural and restored kelp beds.

Investigators: Dr Rebecca Morris and Prof. Stephen Swearer

Funding: Port Phillip Bay Fund, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Collaborators: Dr Beth Strain, Dr Paul Carnell, Parks Victoria

Students: Tristan Graham

Image: Chris Gillies
eDNA monitoring

This project develops eDNA tools for monitoring urchin abundance and the distribution of oyster populations to support restoration.

Investigators: Drs Rebecca Morris and Allyson O’Brien, A/Prof. Andrew Weeks, Prof. Stephen Swearer

Partner organisation: The Nature Conservancy

Funding: Port Phillip Bay Fund, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Students: Alex Coutts

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