Decline and Recovery of Seagrass Ecosystems— The Dynamics of Change

  • Diana I. Walker
  • Gary A. Kendrick
  • Arthur J. McComb


The distribution of seagrass beds has often been described in the literature as if these communities were naturally static components of coastal ecosystems (Larkum, 1977; McRoy and McMillan, 1977; Orth and Moore, 1983; Kirkman and Kuo, 1990), disturbed only by human influences.Aparadigm of seagrass bed stability, developed for large bed-forming seagrasses such as Posidonia as in the Mediterranean Sea (Boudouresque et al., 1980), and thewestern and southern coasts of Australia (Larkum, 1976; Larkum andWest, 1983; Kirkman, 1978), suggested that sea level had been stable for the last 5–8,000 years and assumed that these large monospecific seagrass beds were static for that period.


Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Seagrass Meadow Submerse Aquatic Vegetation Seagrass Species Seagrass Cover 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana I. Walker
    • 1
  • Gary A. Kendrick
    • 1
  • Arthur J. McComb
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Plant Biology (Botany M90)The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Environmental ScienceMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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