Resilience and connectivity
Videography by Bodhi Connolly & Andrew Olds
Ecosystems offer many services that humans depend on, but unfortunately these same ecosystems are damaged by some of our own actions. We ask the question: what we can do to build the resilience of ecosystems?
First we need to understand what confers resilience on ecosystems resilient. We’re specifically interested in how connectivity among different components of ecosystems influences resilience. We have a series of projects from innovative, small-scale lab experiments to field tests of resilience of seagrass meadows and coral reefs using genetics, underwater survey techniques and mathematical network analysis.
These projects are collaborative with students and many colleagues, including: Emma Jackson (CQU), Gary Kendrick (UWA), Paul Maxwell (Healthy Land & Water), Ivan Nagelkerken (U Adel), Andrew Olds (USC/GU), Kylie Pitt (GU), David Schoeman (USC), Thomas Schlacher (USC), Marcus Sheaves (JCU), Craig Sherman (Deakin).