Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Waurn Ponds campus
75 Pigdons Rd, VIC 3216
Seagrass restoration in Southeast Australia
Oliver’s project focusses on methodologies to best restore intertidal Zostera muelleri seagrass meadows in Western Port Bay (Southeast Australia). Oliver’s work will be completed in partnership with Yi Mei Tan (another BCL member) and will utilise interdisciplinary techniques combining ecology, environmental science, and spatial modelling to identify areas suitable for restoration and how best to approach such restoration. Substantial losses of seagrass in Western Port have occurred in the past 30-50 years with minimal evidence of natural recovery. Oliver’s research will work to reverse these trends by providing insight on the mechanisms preventing natural recovery and how to mitigate these influences.
Supervisory team: Dr Craig Sherman [Deakin], A/Prof. Peter Macreadie [Deakin], Dr Rhys Coleman [Melbourne Water], A/Prof Perran Cook [Monash University], Dr Emma Jackson [Central Queensland University]
Zostera muelleri, seagrass, restoration, Western Port Bay, Australia
PhD candidate, Deakin University and Melbourne Water (2018- ongoing)
MSc Marine Environmental Management, University of York, UK
BSc Coastal Marine Biology, University of Hull, UK
Tan, Y.M., Dalby, O., Kendrick, G.A., Statton, J., Sinclair, E.A., Fraser, M.W., Macreadie, P.I., Gillies, C.L., Coleman, R.A., Waycott, M. and Van Dijk, K.J., 2020. Seagrass restoration is possible: Insights and lessons from Australia and New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, p.617.