Sensitivity of coral recruitment to subtle shifts in early community succession.

@article{Doropoulos2017SensitivityOC,
  title={Sensitivity of coral recruitment to subtle shifts in early community succession.},
  author={Christopher Doropoulos and George A. Roff and Mart-Simone Visser and Peter J. Mumby},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2017},
  volume={98 2},
  pages={
          304-314
        }
}
Community succession following disturbance depends on positive and negative interactions, the strength of which change along environmental gradients. To investigate how early succession affects coral reef recovery, we conducted an 18-month experiment in Palau, using recruitment tiles and herbivore exclusion cages. One set of reefs has higher wave exposure and had previously undergone a phase shift to macroalgae following a major typhoon, whereas the other set of reefs have lower wave exposure… CONTINUE READING