Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017
Central Queensland University
About the presenter
My research investigates the impacts that abiotic stressors have on marine flora and fauna. Specifically, the relationships between these stressors and seagrass communities with the aim of developing innovative solutions for effective marine management.
I also have a keen interest in animal behaviour, particularly the visual and olfactory systems of marine fishes. During my honours degree I developed a protocol for testing social learning in fish, the first of its kind in a marine species. Following on from this, my Phd research demonstrated the importance of social learning to a wide range of processors including: survival, species interactions and climate change.
Through the expansion of my research into seagrass habitats I aim to add to our understanding of the current and future abiotic factors impacting marine ecosystems, from tropical to temperate environments.
Presentations by Rachel Manassa
Photosynthetic acclimation to desiccation stress in Zostera muelleri