This PhD project utilises a range of multidisciplinary techniques to understand the nature and scale of the ecosystem services provided by intertidal seagrass meadows in Southwest England.
The project primarily investigates provisioning and supporting ecosystem services, in particular through assessing the organic carbon storage potential and associated benthic biodiversity of the meadows. This will been conducted primarily through field observations and cutting edge laboratory analysis.
Furthermore the project utilises remote-sensing techniques including the use of drones and satellites to map changes in meadow extent and density over time, and also explores the drivers behind the emergence of newly formed intertidal meadows in the Tamar estuary.
Research outcomes of the project will potentially be of value to local and regional regulators and stakeholders, and will address key knowledge gaps within the scientific literature.