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Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective

journal contribution
posted on 13.09.2018, 00:00 authored by PH York, TM Smith, RG Coles, SA McKenna, RM Connolly, Andrew IrvingAndrew Irving, Emma JacksonEmma Jackson, K McMahon, JW Runcie, CDH Sherman
Seagrass species form important marine and estuarine habitats providing valuable ecosystem services and functions. Coastal zones that are increasingly impacted by anthropogenic development have experienced substantial declines in seagrass abundance around the world. Australia, which has some of the world's largest seagrass meadows and is home to over half of the known species, is not immune to these losses. In 1999 a review of seagrass ecosystems knowledge was conducted in Australia and strategic research priorities were developed to provide research direction for future studies and management. Subsequent rapid evolution of seagrass research and scientific methods has led to more than 70% of peer reviewed seagrass literature being produced since that time. A workshop was held as part of the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference in July 2015 in Geelong, Victoria, to update and redefine strategic priorities in seagrass research. Participants identified 40 research questions from 10 research fields (taxonomy and systematics, physiology, population biology, sediment biogeochemistry and microbiology, ecosystem function, faunal habitats, threats, rehabilitation and restoration, mapping and monitoring, management tools) as priorities for future research on Australian seagrasses. Progress in research will rely on advances in areas such as remote sensing, genomic tools, microsensors, computer modeling, and statistical analyses. A more interdisciplinary approach will be needed to facilitate greater understanding of the complex interactions among seagrasses and their environment.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

127

Start Page

163

End Page

172

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1879-0291

ISSN

0141-1136

Location

England

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University, QLD, Australia; Deakin University, VIC, Australia; Edith Cowan University, WA, Australia; University of Sydney, NSW, Australia; University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia; University of Western Australia, WA, Australia; Monash University; University of Queensland, QLD, Australia; Derwent Estuary Program, TAS, Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Marine Environmental Research