Journal article

Ecologically relevant dispersal of corals on isolated reefs: implications for managing resilience

Jim N Underwood, Luke D Smith, Madeleine JH van Oppen, James P Gilmour

Ecological Applications | ECOLOGICAL SOC AMER | Published : 2009


Coral reefs are in decline worldwide, and marine reserve networks have been advocated as a powerful management tool for maximizing the resilience of coral communities to an increasing variety, number, and severity of disturbances. However, the effective design of reserves must account for the spatial scales of larval dispersal that affect the demography of communities over ecological time frames. Ecologically relevant distances of dispersal were inferred from DNA microsatellite data in a broadcast-spawning (Acropora tenuis) and a brooding (Seriatopora hystrix) coral at isolated reef systems off northwest Australia. Congruent with expectations based on life histories, levels of genetic subdiv..

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