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

York, Paul H, Smith, Timothy, Coles, Rob G, McKenna, Skye A, Connolly, Rod M, Irving, Andrew D, Jackson, Emma L, McMahon, Kathryn, Runcie, John W, Sherman, Craig, Sullivan, Brooke K, Trevathan-Tackett, Stacey, Brodersen, Kasper E, Carter, Alex B, Ewers, Carolyn Jane, Lavery, Paul S, Roelfsema, Chris M, Sinclair, Elizabeth A, Strydom, Simone, Tanner, Jason E, van Dijk, Kor-Jent, Warry, Fiona Y, Waycott, Michelle and Whitehead, Sam 2017, Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective., Marine environmental research, vol. 127, pp. 163-172, doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.06.006.

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Title Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective.
Author(s) York, Paul H
Smith, TimothyORCID iD for Smith, Timothy
Coles, Rob G
McKenna, Skye A
Connolly, Rod M
Irving, Andrew D
Jackson, Emma L
McMahon, Kathryn
Runcie, John W
Sherman, CraigORCID iD for Sherman, Craig
Sullivan, Brooke K
Trevathan-Tackett, StaceyORCID iD for Trevathan-Tackett, Stacey
Brodersen, Kasper E
Carter, Alex B
Ewers, Carolyn Jane
Lavery, Paul S
Roelfsema, Chris M
Sinclair, Elizabeth A
Strydom, Simone
Tanner, Jason E
van Dijk, Kor-Jent
Warry, Fiona Y
Waycott, Michelle
Whitehead, Sam
Journal name Marine environmental research
Volume number 127
Start page 163
End page 172
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 0141-1136
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.06.006
Field of Research 060701 Phycology (incl Marine Grasses)
050205 Environmental Management
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
050102 Ecosystem Function
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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