Genoveva Gonzalez-Mirelis

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It is widely acknowledged that mapping of benthic diversity is needed to aid in the management and conservation of marine ecosystems, but the choice of scale is contingent upon the patterns of spatial structure inherent to the benthos, which are often unknown. In this paper, spatial autocorrelation analysis is used to detect and describe fine-scale patterns(More)
When spatial fishing data is fed into systematic conservation planning processes the cost to a fishery could be ensured to be minimal in the zoning of marine protected areas. We used vessel monitoring system (VMS) data to map the distribution of prawn trawling and calculate fishing intensity for 1-ha grid cells, in the Kosterhavet National Park (Sweden). We(More)
There is an implicit requirement under contemporary policy drivers to understand the characteristics of benthic communities under anthropogenically-unimpacted scenarios. We used a trait-based approach on a large dataset from across the European shelf to determine how functional characteristics of unimpacted benthic assemblages vary between different(More)
Through spatially explicit predictive models, knowledge of spatial patterns of biota can be generated for out-of-reach environments, where there is a paucity of survey data. This knowledge is invaluable for conservation decisions. We used distribution modeling to predict the occurrence of benthic biotopes, or megafaunal communities of the seabed, to support(More)
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