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dc.titleBIG SHOES TO FILL: THE POTENTIAL OF SEAWALLS TO FUNCTION AS ROCKY SHORE SURROGATES
dc.contributor.authorLAI WEN YA SAMANTHA
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-30T18:02:10Z
dc.date.available2014-04-30T18:02:10Z
dc.date.issued2013-08-22
dc.identifier.citationLAI WEN YA SAMANTHA (2013-08-22). BIG SHOES TO FILL: THE POTENTIAL OF SEAWALLS TO FUNCTION AS ROCKY SHORE SURROGATES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/51999
dc.description.abstractLand reclamation and coastal development have converted or degraded large areas of natural intertidal habitats in Singapore, resulting in the loss of coastal habitats and biodiversity. In their place, the total length of seawalls is set to increase, from 319.23 km of presently to more than 600 km by 2060. Given the ubiquity of seawalls and their potential for supporting coastal communities, it is important that conservationists embrace ecological engineering as an additional tool to conserve near shore biodiversity.This thesis (i) quantifies the significant coastal transformations over this period and evaluates the future of marine habitat conservation and sustainability in Singapore, (ii) compares the communities on seawalls with those of natural rocky shores to evaluate the artificial habitat?s potential as a surrogate of the natural one and (iii) uses stable isotope analyses to further elucidate the ecological causes for the community differences observed between seawalls and rocky shores. Main research findings show that seawalls currently fail to act as surrogate habitats of rocky shores, and suggests that the lack of primary productivity could be one of the root causes for the lower diversity observed in the artificial habitat.
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dc.subjectSeawall, Rocky shore, Stable Isotopes, Community, Ecology, Reconciliation
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.departmentBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
dc.contributor.supervisorPETER ALAN TODD
dc.description.degreeMaster's
dc.description.degreeconferredMASTER OF SCIENCE
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