Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals

  title={Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals},
  author={Joshua S. Madin and Andrew H Baird and Maria Dornelas and Sean R Connolly},
  booktitle={Ecology letters},
Understanding life history and demographic variation among species within communities is a central ecological goal. Mortality schedules are especially important in ecosystems where disturbance plays a major role in structuring communities, such as coral reefs. Here, we test whether a trait-based, mechanistic model of mechanical vulnerability in corals can explain mortality schedules. Specifically, we ask whether species that become increasingly vulnerable to hydrodynamic dislodgment as they… CONTINUE READING
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