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Perran Cook

PhD University Tasmania
Room: 19, room G25A
Phone: +61 3 9905 4091
Fax: +61 3 9905 4597

Functional links between estuaries and their catchments: How does land use change affect estuarine ecological and biogeochemical function?

Estuarine ecological and biogeochemical function is intimately connected to the catchment through the supply of freshwater, nutrients and organic matter. Anthropogenic activities within the catchment will alter these critical drivers of estuarine function in an interacting manner which is poorly understood. This project will integrate ecological and biogeochemical approaches to greatly improve understanding on critical nutrient thresholds in different estuarine types under different flow regimes, with the aim to guide management actions and provide much needed clarity on the most useful ecological and biogeochemical indicators of estuarine change.

Funding Source: Australian Research Council (LP110100040), Gippsland Lakes and Catchment Taskforce, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Arthur Rylah Institute, EPA Victoria, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria