Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Warrnambool campus
Princes Hwy, VIC 3280
A deeper investigation on seaweed potential for carbon sequestration
Global climate change has brought several negative impacts on the environment as well as on varied aspect of communities’ livelihoods. Meanwhile, many researchers have investigated the possibility of ameliorative effort against its effects on both people and the environment. Seaweed is one of a scientifically proven way in carbon capture and storage (CCS) concept which has been taking notice of many researchers. However, some argue whether or not seaweed can be considered for carbon sequestration which is a long-term carbon storage. My research is investigating the potential of seaweed carbon to be stored in sea bottom sediment for a long period of time. This will develop a suite of biomarkers that allow both detection and quantification of seaweed carbon in sediments. Moreover, understanding the environmental conditions that may affect carbon sequestration is one of the important targets of this study. Mesocosm experiment would be conducted with respect to the recalcitrant carbon content in seaweed which could restrain the seaweeds decomposition process over time. Finally, the findings will disclose the potential of seaweed as an essential part of “blue carbon” system.
Supervisors: Dr. Alecia Bellgrove [Deakin], A/Prof Peter Macreadie [Deakin]
Seaweed, carbon sequestration, blue carbon
PhD – Deakin University
MSc Aquaculture Science – Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia  *Scholarship of Ministry of Affairs and Fisheries*
BSc Fisheries Science – Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia 
Research associate – Aquaculture Environment, Centre for Fisheries Research (CFR), Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia (2017-2018)
Fish Diseases Controller, Fish Quarantine Institute of Polonia, Department of Fisheries and Marine Affair, Indonesia (2005-2007).
Section Head of Plankton Monitoring Laboratory, Quality Assurance Division, PT. Centralpertiwi Bahari, Charoen Pokphand Group, Lampung Province, Indonesia (2004-2005).
Erlania and I Nyoman Radiarta. 2015. The use of seaweeds aquaculture for carbon sequestration: a strategy for climate change mitigation. Journal of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, 2: 109-115.
Erlania and I Nyoman Radiarta. 2015. Distribution of wild seaweeds based on sea bottom characteristics along reef-flat area in Labuhanbua waters, West Nusa Tenggara: management strategy for aquaculture development. Aquaculture Research Journal, 10 (3): 449-45
Erlania and I Nyoman Radiarta. 2014. Management of Sustainable Seaweed (Kappaphycus alvarezii) Aquaculture in The Context of Climate Change Mitigation. Indonesian Aquaculture Journal, 9 (1): 65-72.
Study to look at role of seaweed in climate change mitigation (Deakin)
External links to Ellyn’s research