Connectivity, regime shifts and the resilience of coral reefs

  title={Connectivity, regime shifts and the resilience of coral reefs},
  author={Toby Elmhirst and Sean R Connolly and Terry P Hughes},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Connectivity of larvae among metapopulations in open marine systems can be a double-edged sword, allowing for the colonization and replenishment of both desirable and undesirable elements of interacting species-rich assemblages. This article studies the effect of recruitment by coral and macroalgae on the resilience of grazed reef ecosystems. In particular, we focus on how larval connectivity affects regime shifts between alternative assemblages that are dominated either by corals or by… CONTINUE READING
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