Phenological decoupling of mortality from wave forcing in kelp beds.

  title={Phenological decoupling of mortality from wave forcing in kelp beds.},
  author={Thibaut de Bettignies and Thomas Wernberg and Paul Lavery and Mathew A. Vanderklift and Jim R. Gunson and Graham Symonds and Neil Collier},
  volume={96 3},
Kelps often live in a harsh hydrodynamic environment where wave-driven dislodgement of individuals can alter the biodiversity and functioning of reef systems, and increase production in coastal ecosystems adjacent to reefs. The current paradigm is that winter storms tear kelps from reefs once hydrodynamic forces exceed attachment or tissue strength--a threshold response that implies a pulsed relationship between wave forces and dislodgement. Here, we challenge this understanding by showing how… CONTINUE READING

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