The Influence of Canopy Cover on the Ecological Function of A Key Autogenic Ecosystem Engineer
Jacqueline B Pocklington, Michael J Keough, Tim D O'Hara, Alecia Bellgrove
DIVERSITY-BASEL | MDPI | Published : 2019
Intertidal fucoid algae can function as ecosystem engineers across temperate marine regions. In this investigation, we assessed the function of the alga dominating rocky reefs in temperate Australia and New Zealand, Hormosira banksii. Invertebrate and algal species assemblages were examined within areas of full H. banksii canopy, areas where it was naturally patchy or absent (within its potential range on the shore) and areas where the intact canopy was experimentally disturbed. Differences in species assemblages were detected between areas with natural variation in H. banksii cover (full, patchy, negligible), with defined species associated with areas of full cover. Differences were also de..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian National Heritage Trust
This research was funded by an Australian National Heritage Trust grant awarded to T.D.O, project no: 202244. JBP was funded by a studentship under this grant and a Melbourne University Graduate Research scholarship.