Do costs of dispersal reduce connectivity in marine invertebrate populations?

Grant number: DP0880557 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011

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Abstract

Current approaches to marine management - designing marine reserves, understanding pest incursions, and managing fisheries, acknowledge that marine animals exist in isolated local populations, connected by dispersal. Dispersal is crucial for local populations to persist or be managed sustainably, but our understanding remains poor and often limits our management. Most current approaches to estimating connectivity are adequate only if all dispersers are equally successful at establishing. Dispersal, however, is risky or costly, and we propose that these costs reduce the success of colonists from more distant populations. If this is correct, persistence of local populations may rely disproport..

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