What is the status of the key habitats in Moreton Bay in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem function?

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This cluster aims to provide synthesis of research in Moreton Bay habitats, its biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems within the bay. Individual chapters will be focussed on the dominant ecosystems in the bay and important groups of organisms and their ecological roles in the bay. The chapters within this cluster focus on tidal wetlands, beaches, seagrass, corals, vertebrates, benthic invertebrates, fishes, freshwater systems, birds, phytoplankton and zooplankton.

CORE PRESENTATIONS

Introduction to Moreton Bay’s habitats and biodiversity Cath Lovelock (cluster leader)

Rivers, floodplains, lakes and wetlands of the Moreton Bay region and sand islands Angela Arthington, Cassandra S. James, Stephen J. Mackay

Mangrove forests and tidal marshes of Moreton Bay Cath Lovelock, Norm Duke, Joe Lee, Arnon Accad, Ralph Dowling, Mike Ronan    Resources: Intertidal Communities of Moreton Bay (PDF, Qld Herbarium), Mangroves and associated communities of Moreton Bay (DEHP)

Fishes of Moreton Bay: ecology, human impacts and conservation Andrew D. Olds, Ben L. Gilby, Ian R. Tibbetts, Rod M. Connolly

Ocean beaches around Moreton Bay Thomas A Schlacher, Rod Connolly, Andrew Olds, Ben Gilby, S. Ischlberg

Corals and benthic assemblages from reef habitats in the vicinity of Moreton Bay John Pandolfi, Matt Lybolt, Brigitte Sommer, Roshni Narayan, Paola Rachello-Dolmen

Seagrasses of Moreton Bay and the fauna that need them Paul Maxwell, Rod Connolly, Chris Roelfsema, Dana Burfiend, James Udy, Kate O’Brien, Megan Saunders 

Ecology of marine mammals and reptiles of Moreton Bay Janet Lanyon, Mike Noad, Owen Coffee, Col Limpus

Phytoplankton and their physical and nutrient drivers in Moreton Bay Michele Burford, Emily Saeck, Alistair Grinham, Jack Coates Marnane

Zooplankton in Moreton Bay Anthony J. Richardson, Lisa Gershwin, Jack Greenwood, Sarah Pausina, Kylie Pitt, Wayne Rochester, Jenny Skerratt, Julian Uribe

Birds of Moreton Bay Richard Fuller, Rob Clemens, Jon Coleman, Kristy Currie, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, John Esdaile, Paul Finn, David Milton, Peter Rothlisberg, Greg Skilleter, Madeleine Stigner, Nicola Udy

 LIGHTNING TALKS

The Australian lungfish of the Moreton Bay catchment William Loh

Resilience of coastal freshwater wetland vegetation to rising sea level Rebecca Grieger

Variations in the morphology of the electrosensory system of Moreton Bay fishes Arnault Gauthier

Are the morphology and fate of stingray pits dependent on habitat? Justin Beckman

Environmental impacts on seagrass in Moreton Bay Matthew Adams

Are seahorse and pipefish losing critical habitat to a problem alga? Megan Skelton

Animals numerically dominating the seagrass beds Richard Barnes

The rapid recovery of humpback whales migrating past Moreton Bay: A cause for celebration or concern? Michael Noad

Fibropapilloma disease in marine turtles: re-evaluating the threat to populations Col Limpus

Bloom and bust: Identifying the drivers of jellyfish blooms in Moreton Bay Kylie Pitt