SS11

Mangroves and saltmarshes – crucial communities at the land-sea boundary
Norman C Duke (University of Queensland) and Marcus Sheaves (James Cook University)

This symposium will focus on mangrove and salt-marshes, key communities at the land-sea boundary.  The role and importance of ecological boundaries will be assessed in the context of increased human pressures associated with both global climate change and increased population size.  We welcome the latest and most current findings of senior and postgraduate researchers ranging from investigations into mangrove and saltmarsh biogeography to monitoring change in habitat condition, the influences of increased nutrients, deteriorations in catchment health, plus – the movements of estuarine fish as well as their relationships with vegetated estuarine habitat and structure.  As a multidisciplinary symposium we expect to cross boundaries by bringing together disparate scientific interests that are directed at solving common problems from a variety of different directions.  In this way, we will present examples of innovation in research and technology, coupled with advances in community engagement and management collaboration, and specifically changes across space and time.

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