The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans.

@article{Madin2016TheCT,
  title={The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans.},
  author={Joshua S. Madin and Kristen D Anderson and Magnus Heide Andreasen and Tom C. L. Bridge and Stephen D. Cairns and Sean R Connolly and Emily S. Darling and Marcela D{\'i}az and Daniel S Falster and Erik C. Franklin and Ruth D Gates and Aaron M. T. Harmer and Mia O Hoogenboom and Danwei Huang and Sally A Keith and Matthew A Kosnik and Chao-yang Kuo and Janice M. Lough and Catherine E. Lovelock and Osmar J. Luiz and Julieta Martinelli and Toni L. Mizerek and John M Pandolfi and Xavier Pochon and Morgan S Pratchett and Hollie M Putnam and T Edward Roberts and Michael Stat and Carden C. Wallace and Elizabeth Widman and Andrew H Baird},
  journal={Scientific data},
  year={2016},
  volume={3},
  pages={
          160017
        }
}
Trait-based approaches advance ecological and evolutionary research because traits provide a strong link to an organism's function and fitness. Trait-based research might lead to a deeper understanding of the functions of, and services provided by, ecosystems, thereby improving management, which is vital in the current era of rapid environmental change. Coral reef scientists have long collected trait data for corals; however, these are difficult to access and often under-utilized in addressing… CONTINUE READING

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