Did you know that seaweed is an indicator for the ocean’s health and biodiversity? As primary producers, they support entire communities of species through photosynthesis and provide nutrition to herbivores. They may also act as ecosystem engineers, providing a habitat for faunal species, a refuge for prey, and a nursery for juveniles. Any changes to seaweed communities tend to influence organisms at higher trophic levels, resulting in ecosystem-wide effects. They are therefore considered to be good indicators of water quality.
Veronica Farrugia Drakard will talk about her research on algae with the aim to investigate the influence of different degrees of anthropogenic impact on the structure and function of seaweed communities on artificial structures.