Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services

  title={Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services},
  author={Boris Worm and Edward B. Barbier and Nicola J. Beaumont and J. Emmett Duffy and Carl Folke and Benjamin S. Halpern and Jeremy B. C. Jackson and Heike K. Lotze and Fiorenza Micheli and Stephen R. Palumbi and Enric Sala and Kimberley A. Selkoe and John J. Stachowicz},
  pages={787 - 790}
Human-dominated marine ecosystems are experiencing accelerating loss of populations and species, with largely unknown consequences. We analyzed local experiments, long-term regional time series, and global fisheries data to test how biodiversity loss affects marine ecosystem services across temporal and spatial scales. Overall, rates of resource collapse increased and recovery potential, stability, and water quality decreased exponentially with declining diversity. Restoration of biodiversity… 

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