The Future of Coralline Algae

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 5 December 2018

maerl bed
Image © NERC diving team.

Coralline algae are important habitat formers. Rhodoliths/mäerl are unattached forms of coralline algae that interlock to form extensive beds that support high levels of biodiversity.

This ability to interlock is dependent on their 3D structure. However their structure is highly influenced by the environment and therefore environmental changes that would affect the ability of coralline algae to maintain their 3D structure would ultimately affect the ability of coralline algae to form these complex habitats.

This talk will cover the effects of climate change on coralline algae and ultimately how this affects their structural integrity.

Dr Leanne Melbourne has just completed her PhD at the University of Bristol on the effect of climate change on coralline algae. She is currently the Events and Communications manager here at the Linnean Society.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.

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