Anthropogenic impacts on estuarine molluscs from shell growth to community structure


This project aims to examine ecological changes in Sydney harbour over the last ~6000 years with emphasis in the last ~200 years since European colonization. Using sclerochronological techniques to determine differences in bio-mineralization rates and shell composition between live and dead molluscan assemblages, we are able to examine changes in the growth of bivalves living in this area. The results of this project will give an insight on the environmental history of this important Harbour and the historical and current impact of anthropogenic activities on the molluscan estuarine community.

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