Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Biosciences Science Club Events 21 March 2017

Biosciences Science Club Series - Winter 2017
21 March 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Engineering an ecosystem engineer: Impacts of green turtle grazing on tropical seagrasses

Dr Marjolijn Christianen

Photo from National Geographic

We do have a visiting scientist from the Netherlands this week, Dr Marjolijn Christianen from the University of Gronenginen in the Netherlands, and she kindly agreed to show us her research on sea turtles and their ecosystem effects.

Large mega-herbivores such as green turtles can be critical ecosystem engineers of seagrass ecosystems, with the ability to modify direct and indirect functional pathways. While global populations of turtles are declining, some show remarkable local recoveries with dramatic consequences for the systems they inhabit. In this talk I will discuss the role of mega-herbivores in tropical seagrass ecosystems, by using examples from field experiments in Indonesia and the Caribbean.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming Science Club Events, see here

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