The effects of top–down versus bottom–up control on benthic coral reef community structure

@article{Smith2009TheEO,
  title={The effects of top–down versus bottom–up control on benthic coral reef community structure},
  author={Jennifer E Smith and Cynthia L. Hunter and C. Morais Smith},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2009},
  volume={163},
  pages={497-507}
}
While climate change and associated increases in sea surface temperature and ocean acidification, are among the most important global stressors to coral reefs, overfishing and nutrient pollution are among the most significant local threats. Here we examined the independent and interactive effects of reduced grazing pressure and nutrient enrichment using settlement tiles on a coral-dominated reef via long-term manipulative experimentation. We found that unique assemblages developed in each… CONTINUE READING
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