Working Group 2 is exploring the contribution of ecological engineering to improving canopy-forming algae habitats on artificial habitats.
Globally, coastal urbanisation is increasing. One impact of coastal development is the replacement of natural marine habitats with man‐made artificial structures, such as seawalls, breakwaters, groynes and rip rap. Artificial structures are typically less biodiverse than natural habitats, and the surrounding water quality is often poor.
The World Harbour Project is investigating the use of ecological engineering to increase biodiversity and functioning of breakwaters/groynes in urban areas through the addition of habitat-forming seaweeds (kelps) and structures of similar complexity to ‘good’ and ‘poor’ water quality sites.
This project will explore the benefits of ecological engineering coupled with kelp restoration for higher trophic levels – fish. This research will be directly applicable to foreshore management in Botany Bay, and is relevant to coastal cities globally. Fish assemblages will be sampled using cameras and snorkelling to detect effects of green engineering on the biodiversity and behaviour of fish. The candidate should be willing to progress their skills in field data collection, experimental design and data analysis.
Skills in scientific SCUBA diving are preferred. Strong swimming and snorkelling skills are essential. The position is available for an immediate start.
Supervisors: Elisabeth Strain (SIMS),
Ezequiel Marzinelli <email@example.com> (University of UNSW)
Alistair Poore firstname.lastname@example.org (University of NSW)
Peter Steinberg email@example.com (University of UNSW)
Please contact Elisabeth Strain, SIMS firstname.lastname@example.org