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Key Questions for Research and Conservation of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Temperate Mesophotic Ecosystems


Turner, JA and Andradi-Brown, DA and Gori, A and Bongaerts, P and Burdett, HL and Ferrier-Pages, C and Voolstra, CR and Weinstein, DK and Bridge, TCL and Constantini, F and Gress, E and Laverick, J and Loya, Y and Goodbody-Gringley, G and Rossi, S and Taylor, ML and Viladrich, N and Voss, JD and Williams, J and Woodall, LC and Eyal, G, Key Questions for Research and Conservation of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Temperate Mesophotic Ecosystems, Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, Springer Nature Switzerland, Y Loya, KA Puglise and TCL Bridge (ed), Switzerland, pp. 989-1003. ISBN 9783319927343 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-92735-0_52


Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) and temperate mesophotic ecosystems (TMEs) have received increasing research attention during the last decade as many new and improved methods and technologies have become more accessible to explore deeper parts of the ocean. However, large voids in knowledge remain in our scientific understanding, limiting our ability to make scientifically based decisions for conservation and management of these ecosystems. Here, we present a list of key research and conservation questions to enhance progress in the field. Questions were generated following an initial open call to MCE and TME experts, representing a range of career levels, interests, organizations (including academia, governmental, and nongovernmental), and geographic locations. Questions were refined and grouped into eight broad themes: (1) Distribution, (2) Environmental and Physical Processes, (3) Biodiversity and Community Structure, (4) Ecological Processes, (5) Connectivity, (6) Physiology, (7) Threats, and (8) Management and Policy. Questions were ranked within themes, and a workshop was used to discuss, refine, and finalize a list of 25 key questions. The 25 questions are presented as a guide for MCE and TME researchers, managers, and funders for future work and collaborations.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:mesophotic, ecosystems, knowledge gap, research priorities, reefs, temperate, ecosystems
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
UTAS Author:Williams, J (Dr Joel Williams)
ID Code:146354
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-09-01
Last Modified:2021-10-13

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