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Patterns of recruitment and abundance of corals along the Great Barrier Reef


Hughes, TP and Baird, AH and Dinsdale, EA and Moltschaniwskyj, NA and Pratchett, MS and Tanner, JE and Willis, BL, Patterns of recruitment and abundance of corals along the Great Barrier Reef, Science, 397, (07 January) pp. 59-63. ISSN 0036-8075 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1999 Macmillan Magazines Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1038/16237


Different physical and biological processes prevail at different scales1, 2, 3, 4. As a consequence, small-scale experiments or local observations provide limited insights into regional or global phenomena5, 6, 7, 8. One solution is to incorporate spatial scale explicitly into the experimental and sampling design of field studies, to provide a broader, landscape view of ecology1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Here we examine spatial patterns in corals on the Great Barrier Reef, across a spectrum of scales ranging from metres to more than 1,700 km. Our study is unusual because we explore large-scale patterns of a process (recruitment by juveniles) as well as patterns of adult abundance, revealing the relationship between the two. We show that coral-reef assemblages that are similar in terms of abundance may nonetheless show profound differences in dynamics and turnover, with major implications for their ecology, evolution and management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Pollution and contamination
Research Field:Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Moltschaniwskyj, NA (Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj)
ID Code:103666
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:265
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2015-10-23
Last Modified:2015-11-17

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