Stability and decline in deep-sea coral biodiversity, Gulf of Mexico and US West Atlantic

  title={Stability and decline in deep-sea coral biodiversity, Gulf of Mexico and US West Atlantic},
  author={Alexander N. Zimmerman and Claudia C. Johnson and Nicholas W. Bussberg and Mehmet M. Dalkilic},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Characterizing deep-sea coral biodiversity is essential to evaluate the current state of deep-sea ecosystems and to assess vulnerability to anthropogenic threats such as offshore drilling and ocean acidification. Thousands of deep-sea coral records from the past 6 decades are compiled in the publicly accessible NOAA database, but few large-scale analyses of deep-sea coral biodiversity through time have been conducted. This study provides the longest temporal analysis of deep-sea coral generic… 
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