Grazers in benthic marine habitats – linking primary producers and higher order consumers
Britta Munkes (Edith Cowan University)
Worldwide, grazers play a central role in mediating the structure and function of phyto-benthic communities. They link the primary producers and higher order consumers, provide important transport of material between habitats and are able to ameliorate ecosystem susceptibility. While their important role in structuring macroalgal assemblages is well known, recently there has been more evidence that herbivore grazers can have important controlling effects in seagrass ecosystems. This symposium invites presentations on the role of herbivores in marine macroalgal and seagrass ecosystems, providing the opportunity to discuss the importance of grazing across different temporal and spatial scales, habitats and with different types of grazers.