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Fairy circle landscapes formed in the Great Barrier Reef…but how?

Destabilising feedbacks between ecology and the local physical environment yield spatial pattern formation in various contexts throughout nature. For example, these feedbacks can lead to ring-shaped pattern formation in the spatial distribution of submerged aquatic plants. Recently, unusual crater-like structures have been identified in a large area of the Great Barrier Reef where the algae genus Halimeda constructs mounds called 'bioherms'.This project seeks to use partial differential equation models of the spatial growth of Halimeda to identify whether its long-term …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Predicting alternative states induced by multiple interacting feedbacks: seagrass ecosystems as a case study

This project seeks to explore the complex dynamics that might arise from multiple interacting feedbacks in marine ecosystems, by designing ordinary and/or partial differential equation models of these feedbacks and analysing the steady states and/or temporal dynamics of the proposed model(s).It has been hypothesised that many social and ecological systems exhibit alternative stable states due to feedback processes that keep the ecosystem in one state or the other. The result can be tipping points, which are difficult to predict but …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

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