Response of a rocky intertidal ecosystem engineer and community dominant to climate change.

@article{Menge2008ResponseOA,
  title={Response of a rocky intertidal ecosystem engineer and community dominant to climate change.},
  author={Bruce A Menge and Francis K.-M. Chan and Jane Lubchenco},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={151-62}
}
To evaluate how climate change might impact a competitively dominant ecological engineer, we analysed the growth response of the mussel Mytilus californianus to climate patterns [El Niño-Southern Oscillation, Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO)]. Mussels grew faster during warmer climatic events. Growth was initially faster on a more productive cape compared to a less productive cape. Growth rates at the two capes merged in 2002, coincidentally with a several year-long shift from warm to cool PDO… CONTINUE READING
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