Seagrass sediments reveal the long-term deterioration of an estuarine ecosystem

Oscar Serrano, Paul Lavery, Pere Masque, Karina Inostroza, James Bongiovanni, Carlos M. Duarte

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The study of a Posidonia australis sediment archive has provided a record of ecosystem dynamics and processes over the last 600 years in Oyster Harbour (SW Australia). Ecosystem shifts are a widespread phenomenon in coastal areas, and this study identifies baseline conditions and the time-course of ecological change (cycles, trends, resilience and thresholds of ecosystem change) under environmental stress in seagrass-dominated ecosystem. The shifts in the concentrations of chemical elements, carbonates, sediments
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1523-1531
Number of pages9
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 28 2016

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Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the ECU Faculty Research Grant Scheme, the ECU Early Career Research Grant Scheme, and the CSIRO Flagship Marine & Coastal Carbon Biogeochemical Cluster (Coastal Carbon Cluster) with funding from the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund. PM was partially funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya (MERS) (2014 SGR-1356) and through a Gledden Visiting Fellowship awarded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia. The authors are grateful to N. Marba, G. Bastyan, G. Davis, M. Rozaimi and D. Kyrwood for their help in field and/or laboratory tasks.


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