Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Burwood campus
221 Burwood Hwy, VIC 3125
Finn is a PhD candidate researching seaweed as a nature based solution to climate change in a partnership between the Blue Carbon lab and Sea Green. Finn is investigating the contribution of seaweed (macroalgae) to ocean carbon drawdown and conducting a feasibility assessment of large-scale seaweed cultivation as a nature-based solution to climate change. This includes analysis of the scale of opportunity for seaweed cultivation and economic, ecological, and social considerations around large scale seaweed cultivation.
Finn is mapping the global and national opportunities for blue carbon being cultivated and sold as a gold standard carbon credit. Here he is planning to link blue carbon research to carbon credit opportunities in the carbon market. Finn wants to find out if there is an opportunity to sell seaweed carbon credits on official and voluntary carbon markets, both from existing seaweed aquaculture and from potential carbon specific seaweed aquaculture. His research will include an evaluation of free floating bamboo rafts to grow seaweed for carbon credits.
Supervisory team: Prof Peter Macreadie (Deakin), Patrick Tarbuck (Sea Green)
Funding: Sea Green and Blue Carbon Lab
Blue Carbon, seaweed, macroalgae, carbon offset, environmental economics, ecology
Capturing carbon with seaweed, University of Canterbury Science Radio (2021)
Anderson’s Odyssey Podcast (2020)
Friess DA, Howard J, Huxham M, Macreadie PI, and Ross F, 2022. Capitalizing on the global financial interest in blue carbon. PLOS Climate, 1(8): e0000061.