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Modes of interactions between environmental drivers and marine biota


Boyd, PW and Brown, CJ, Modes of interactions between environmental drivers and marine biota, Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 Article 9. ISSN 2296-7745 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2015.00009


The responses of marine biota to global ocean change is characterized by multiple environmental drivers that interact to cause non-linear changes in organismal performance. Characterizing interactions is critical for us to predict whether multiple drivers will accelerate or mitigate future biological responses. There is now a large body of evidence that drivers do not act independently, a common null model, but rather have synergistic or antagonistic effects on organisms. We review the literature on interactions among environmental drivers such as ocean acidification and warming, and identify three common modes of interaction: physicochemical interactions in the seawater media outside organisms, interactions that operate on organisms directly, for example by altering physiological rates; and interactions that occur through changes in ecosystems, like predation. Interactions can also occur across these levels increasing the number of permutations for interaction, and point to a diverse range of modes of interplay. Identifying the appropriate mode will help generalize interaction types to unstudied contexts.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, multiple stressors, interactions
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Boyd, PW (Professor Philip Boyd)
ID Code:106299
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-02-04
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