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How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean?
It is shown that the higher taxonomic classification of species follows a consistent and predictable pattern from which the total number of species in a taxonomic group can be estimated, and when applied to all domains of life, it predicts ∼8.7 million eukaryotic species globally. Expand
Global patterns and predictors of marine biodiversity across taxa
Two major patterns emerged: coastal species showed maximum diversity in the Western Pacific, whereas oceanic groups consistently peaked across broad mid-latitudinal bands in all oceans, and changes in ocean temperature, in conjunction with other human impacts, may ultimately rearrange the global distribution of life in the ocean. Expand
Coral Reefs and the Global Network of Marine Protected Areas
Existing marine reserves are largely ineffective and as a whole remain insufficient for the protection of coral reef diversity.
Patterns and processes in reef fish diversity
A central aim of ecology is to explain the heterogeneous distribution of biodiversity on earth. As expectations of diversity loss grow, this understanding is also critical for effective managementExpand
Tolerance to high temperatures and potential impact of sea warming on reef fishes of Gorgona Island (tropical eastern Pacific)
It is suggested that fishes live far from their upper thermal tolerance limits and that the current global-warming trend is still unlikely to be dangerous for these species, and the possible ability of reef fishes to adapt to increases in sea temperature is discussed. Expand
A clear human footprint in the coral reefs of the Caribbean
  • C. Mora
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 April 2008
It is indicated that the long-term stability of coral reefs as a whole requires a holistic and regional approach to the control of human-related stressors in addition to the improvement and establishment of new MPAs. Expand
The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people
The full range and scale of climate change effects on global biodiversity that have been observed in natural systems are described, and a set of core ecological processes that underpin ecosystem functioning and support services to people are identified. Expand
Management Effectiveness of the World's Marine Fisheries
A global analysis shows that fishery management worldwide is lagging far behind international standards, and that the conversion of scientific advice into policy, through a participatory andExpand
The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability
A new index of the year when the projected mean climate of a given location moves to a state continuously outside the bounds of historical variability under alternative greenhouse gas emissions scenarios is presented. Expand
Ongoing global biodiversity loss and the need to move beyond protected areas: a review of the technical and practical shortcomings of protected areas on land and sea
There is a clear and urgent need for the development of additional solutions for biodiversity loss, particularly ones that stabilize the size of the world's human population and the authors' ecological demands on biodiversity. Expand