Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds campus
75 Pigdons Rd VIC, 3216
Seagrass restoration: Development of methods for the recovery of intertidal seagrass meadows.
Yi Mei’s project involves the development of restoration and recovery methodology for intertidal seagrass meadows in Western Port Bay (South Eastern Australia). Seagrasses represent a major marine habitat in Western Port Bay, but has seen significant declines over the last 40-50 years. Despite efforts to improve overall conditions within the bay, natural recovery has been slow and some areas have shown no sign of recovery despite improved water quality. Yi Mei’s research will explore different tools and techniques, through a combination of field-based trials and mesocosm experiments, to facilitate re-establishment of seagrasses in areas where natural recovery has not occurred and assist more rapid recovery in areas where natural recovery is occurring slowly.
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]
Seagrass, restoration, Western Port Bay
PhD scholarship – Deakin University (AUS)
MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology – University of Aberdeen (UK)
BSc in Marine Biology – University of Melbourne (AUS)
Marine Ecologist at DHI Water and Environment – Singapore
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.
Fortes, M. D., Ooi, J. L. S., Tan, Y. M., Prathep, A., Bujang, J. S., & Yaakub, S. M. (2018). Seagrass in Southeast Asia: a review of status and knowledge gaps, and a road map for conservation. Botanica Marina, 61, 269-288.
Tan, Y. M., Saunders, J. & Yaakub, S. (2018). A proposed decision support tool for prioritising conservation planning of Southeast Asian seagrass meadows: combined approaches based on ecosystem services and vulnerability analyses. Botanica Marina, 61, pp. 305-320
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