School of BioSciences - Theses
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Seagrass perform critical provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting ecological functions and services humans rely on worldwide. Unfortunately, many seagrass ecosystems are vulnerable to disturbance and are being ...
Opportunities and limitations of the use of functional traits to understand plant invasions
Biological invasions comprise the human-mediated introduction, establishment and dispersal of species beyond their natural geographic range. Species movement around the globe can be seen as a large scale community assembly ...
The effects of water quality on the toxicity of pesticides to the Australian non-biting midge Chironomus tepperi
Environmental toxicology, or ecotoxicology, is the study of the effects of anthropogenic contamination on the environment, from singular organisms to whole ecosystems. Until recently laboratory aquatic environmental ...
Plant traits and carbon storage in freshwater wetlands
Freshwater wetlands are an important part of the global carbon cycle due to their role in sequestering carbon in the soil. Despite covering less than 8% of global land area, freshwater wetlands are significant reservoirs ...
Evolution of drug-resistance genes in the asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum reservoir of infection in Ghana
Ghana is one of the 11 countries in the world with the highest malaria burden. Like many other African countries, the majority of individuals of all ages harbour asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections, which sustain ...
The effect of cardiovascular diseases on resistance vasculature and the efficacy of different treatments
Diabetes and hypertension are conditions that contribute to cardiovascular disease, which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. As the prevalence of obesity rises, the health burden will only ...
Tools and techniques for single-cell RNA sequencing data
RNA sequencing of individual cells allows us to take a snapshot of the dynamic processes within a cell and explore differences between cell types. As this technology has developed over the last few years it has been rapidly ...
The function of female and male ornaments in the lovely fairy-wren
Ornaments like plumage colours or complex song are generally regarded as male traits that are shaped by sexual selection. By contrast, the factors that shape female elaborate traits have often been overlooked, though they ...
Predicting ectotherm life cycles under a variable climate: physiological diversity of matchstick grasshopper eggs and their ecological and evolutionary implications
Understanding the processes underlying the phenology and distribution of species is a key problem in ecology. These relationships are important for predicting the responses to species to environmental change. Phenology and ...
Investigating membrane lipid responses of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) roots under salt stress
Over the last few decades, soil salinisation has become one of the most severe abiotic stresses that adversely affect agricultural productivity in Australia. Understanding the molecular basis of salinity tolerance mechanisms ...