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Long-Term Region-Wide Declines in Caribbean Corals
Although the rate of coral loss has slowed in the past decade compared to the 1980s, significant declines are persisting and the ability of Caribbean coral reefs to cope with future local and global environmental change may be irretrievably compromised. Expand
Evaluating life-history strategies of reef corals from species traits.
This work identifies up to four life-history strategies that appear globally consistent across 143 species of reef corals: competitive, weedy, stress-tolerant and generalist taxa, which are primarily separated by colony morphology, growth rate and reproductive mode. Expand
Evolution and ecology of cleaning symbioses in the sea
The taxonomic distribution of cleaning behaviour is examined, to assess the magnitude and generality of various costs and benefits to cleaners and their clients in order to gain insights into the evolution of these symbioses, and the role of cleaning in structuring fish communities is evaluated. Expand
Flattening of Caribbean coral reefs: region-wide declines in architectural complexity
This work provides the first region-wide analysis of changes in reef architectural complexity, using nearly 500 surveys across 200 reefs, between 1969 and 2008, and suggests regional-scale degradation and homogenization of reef structure. Expand
Conservation benefits of marine reserves for fish populations
It is confirmed that marine reserves benefit fish populations and the need for monitoring prior to reserve establishment is highlighted to provide more accurate, habitat-controlled studies of the effects of marine reserves on fish populations. Expand
Invasive Lionfish Drive Atlantic Coral Reef Fish Declines
The response of native fish communities to predation by lionfish populations on nine coral reefs off New Providence Island, Bahamas is documented to have long-term negative implications for the structure of Atlantic marine communities, as well as the societies and economies that depend on them. Expand
Predicting the Impact of Sea‐Level Rise on Caribbean Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat
The projected rise in sea level is likely to increase the vulnerability of coastal zones in the Caribbean, which are already under pressure from a combination of anthropogenic activities and naturalExpand
Current and Future Sustainability of Island Coral Reef Fisheries
Widespread unsustainability of island coral reef fisheries is reported, implying that management methods to reduce social and economic dependence on reef fisheries are essential to prevent the collapse of coral reef ecosystems while sustaining the well-being of burgeoning coastal populations. Expand
Coral bleaching is a stress-related response that can be triggered by elevated sea surface temperatures (SST). Recent increases in the frequency of coral bleaching have led to concerns that increasesExpand
Quantifying the evidence for ecological synergies.
It is found that, on average, mortalities from the combined action of two stressors were not synergistic and this result was consistent across studies investigating different stressors, study organisms and life-history stages, suggesting that ecological surprises may be more common than simple additive effects. Expand