Research Measure: Policy
Funding Type: IRCSET EMBARK
Funding Year: 2009
Project Type: PhD Scholarship
Total Grant-Aid: €72,000
Lead Partner: University College Dublin
This research seeks to investigate the community and ecosystem level consequence of biodiversity loss due to human impacts on natural ecosystems. Particularly relevant in this context are rocky shores, as they are among the marine systems most threatened by man’s activities and are therefore quite likely to suffer increased rates of local extinction in the coming years. Recent work shows that consumers can modify, dampen or even reverse the directionality of biodiversity-productivity stability linkages inferred from the producer level alone in many ecosystems. In this context, the research will use intertidal rock pools as a model system to test a number of pertinent hypothesis.
Further information and updates on this research are available from the UCD MarBEE website.