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Phase Shifts, Herbivory, and the Resilience of Coral Reefs to Climate Change
Experimentally manipulated the density of large herbivorous fishes to test their influence on the resilience of coral assemblages in the aftermath of regional-scale bleaching in 1998, the largest coral mortality event recorded to date. Expand
Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals
The distinctive geographic footprints of recurrent bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in 1998, 2002 and 2016 were determined by the spatial pattern of sea temperatures in each year, suggesting that local protection of reefs affords little or no resistance to extreme heat. Expand
Ocean acidification impairs olfactory discrimination and homing ability of a marine fish
If acidification continues unabated, the impairment of sensory ability will reduce population sustainability of many marine species, with potentially profound consequences for marine diversity. Expand
Patterns of recruitment and abundance of corals along the Great Barrier Reef
Different physical and biological processes prevail at different scales. As a consequence, small-scale experiments or local observations provide limited insights into regional or global phenomena.Expand
Supply-side ecology works both ways: The link between benthic adults, fecundity, and larval recruits
It is predicted that large-scale patterns of recruitment could be driven by changes in the abundance of adults and/or their fecundity, i.e., that corals exhibit a stock-recruitment relationship, and implies that small, sublethal changes in fecundities of corals could result in major reductions in recruitment. Expand
Effects of climate-induced coral bleaching on coral-reef fishes - ecological and economic consequences
Urgent action on the fundamental causes of climate change and appropriate management of critical elements of habitat structure (coral cover and topographic complexity) are key to ensuring long-term persistence of coral-reef fishes. Expand
Climate change and the future for coral reef fishes
Climate change will impact coral-reef fishes through effects on individual performance, trophic linkages, recruitment dynamics, population connectivity and other ecosystem processes. The mostExpand
Global warming transforms coral reef assemblages
This study bridges the gap between the theory and practice of assessing the risk of ecosystem collapse, under the emerging framework for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Ecosystems, by rigorously defining both the initial and collapsed states, identifying the major driver of change, and establishing quantitative collapse thresholds. Expand
Multiple disturbances and the global degradation of coral reefs: are reef fishes at risk or resilient?
The diversity of fish communities was found to be negatively and linearly correlated to disturbance-mediated coral loss, and the long-term consequences of coral loss through coral bleaching and crown-of-thorn starfish outbreaks may be much more substantial than the short-term effects currently documented. Expand
Recovery of an Isolated Coral Reef System Following Severe Disturbance
It is shown that isolated reefs can recover from major disturbance, and that the benefits of their isolation from chronic anthropogenic pressures can outweigh the costs of limited connectivity. Expand