Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Gustafsson, Camilla
Organisation HY
Project title Functional traits in diverse seagrass communities: the relative importance and roles of effect and response traits
Decision No. 295443
Decision date 24.05.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.07.2020
Funding 311 360
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Project description
A great challenge today is to predict how ecosystems respond to biodiversity loss and global change. Species traits influence how communities affect ecosystem functions and respond to change. Seagrasses are foundation species that form large submerged meadows and modify the environment. I will study how seagrass traits affect primary production and how diverse seagrass meadows maintain production locally in different seagrass habitats, in geographically different regions (Australia and Finland) and during episodic disturbances (light reduction and temperature rise). The project contains a field survey and 2 mesocosm experiments. The results will reveal how seagrass traits affect ecosystem functions, whether diverse meadows can maintain functions during disturbance and which traits contribute to the stability of seagrass ecosystems. Obtaining an understanding of the relationship between seagrass traits and functions will contribute to more targeted seagrass conservation and management.