Journal article

Interacting effects of habitat structure and seeding with oysters on the intertidal biodiversity of seawalls

Elisabeth Marijke Anne Strain, Vivian Ruth Cumbo, Rebecca Louise Morris, Peter David Steinberg, Melanie Jane Bishop

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


The construction of artificial structures, such as seawalls, is increasing globally, resulting in loss of habitat complexity and native species biodiversity. There is increasing interest in mitigating this biodiversity loss by adding topographic habitat to these structures, and/or seeding them with habitat-forming species. Settlement tile experiments, comparing colonisation of species to more and less complex habitats, have been used to inform eco-engineering interventions prior to their large-scale implementation. Most studies have focused on applying one type of intervention (either adding habitat structure or seeding with native organisms), so it is unclear whether there are greater benef..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank The Ian Potter Foundation (PS), Harding Miller Foundation (PS, ES, MB) and The New South Wales Government Office of Science and Research (PS, ES, MB) for their financial support. We also thank Reef Design Lab Pty Ltd for designing and producing the tiles used during the study. This study was part of the World Harbour Project. The funders provided support in the form of salaries for authors [ES, VC], but did not have any additional role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The specific roles of these authors are articulated in the 'author contributions' section.