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Thesis

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Boulotte, NM 2016, 'An investigation of the Symbiodinium community structure following two consecutive coral bleaching events at Lord Howe Island, eastern Australia', Master of Science (Environmental Science and Management) thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Copyright NM Boulotte 2016

Abstract

Global climate change affects the marine environment in various ways, including more frequent and intense mass coral bleaching events. Assessment of the potential for coral survival requires understanding of their adaptive capacity, which is strongly influenced by their Symbiodinium spp. symbionts. This thesis aims to investigate the Symbiodinium community structure and dynamics following two consecutive coral bleaching events at Lord Howe Island, the world’s southernmost coral reef. The research results provide evidence of symbiont shuffling, but more importantly of switching, which will likely to lead to a paradigm shift in our understanding of the mechanisms of environmental acclimatisation in corals.

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