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In collaboration with the Australian Museum, research under this theme will assess
the invertebrate and microbial communities in the Harbour, which remain largely
unknown. A more detailed understanding of the diversity of species within the harbour
will enable us to address a number of key research questions, for example:
The current projects seek to
understand how biodiversity aids the healthy functioning of harbours. Projects
cover broad themes including how habitat-forming species control biodiversity,
how invasive species impact biodiversity and harbour function, and how sediment
microbial diversity improves harbour health. This research is being supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.
Caulerpa taxifolia is one of the 100 most invasive species in the world. Critical
research supported by the Australian Research Council is investigating how
sediment microbes affect its interactions with native seagrass and how it
impacts native biodiversity – from microbes to fish.