Coral Decline Threatens Fish Biodiversity in Marine Reserves

Marine reserves are traditionally thought to be able to protect fish from exploitation;however,“top down” management preventing the exploitation of reef fishes may not be enough. This 8-year study conducted in Papua New Guinea documents dramatic declines in fish...

Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching

A comprehensive overview and synthesis of coral bleaching and potential effects of climate change, discussions regarding the meaning of resistance and resilience, and future research opportunities are presented here. This papers reviews initiatives that are working on...

Coral Reef Recovery Dynamics in a Changing World

The authors quantitatively reviewed the literature (55 studies in total) on the recovery rates of coral reef ecosystems from acute disturbance events among 48 different reef locations (from western Indian Ocean, to eastern Pacific and the Caribbean) and assessed which...

Most Corals May Not Change Their Symbionts

This paper tests the hypothesis that corals can adapt to climate change by exchanging algal types. Data from 43 studies including 442 coral species (stony coral and octocoral) documents that only a minority of coral species are able to change symbionts. The majority...

Community Structure of Corals and Reef Fishes at Multiple Scales

Community structure in scleractinan corals and labrid reef fish are assessed in the Central Indo-Pacific Ocean by examining 100 sites along a 10,000 km transect. Since these corals and reef fish are “principal structural-formers and major consumers, respectively,”...
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