Disturbance Driven Colony Fragmentation as a Driver of a Coral Disease Outbreak

Abstract

In September of 2010, Brewer's Bay reef, located in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), was simultaneously affected by abnormally high temperatures and the passage of a hurricane that resulted in the mass bleaching and fragmentation of its coral community. An outbreak of a rapid tissue loss disease among coral colonies was associated with these two… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057164

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