Journal article

Asymmetric dispersal is a critical element of concordance between biophysical dispersal models and spatial genetic structure in Great Barrier Reef corals

Cynthia Riginos, Karlo Hock, Ambrocio M Matias, Peter J Mumby, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Vimoksalehi Lukoschek

DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Aim: Widespread coral bleaching, crown-of-thorns seastar outbreaks, and tropical storms all threaten foundational coral species of the Great Barrier Reef, with impacts differing over time and space. Yet, dispersal via larval propagules could aid reef recovery by supplying new settlers and enabling the spread of adaptive variation among regions. Documenting and predicting spatial connections arising from planktonic larval dispersal in marine species, however, remains a formidable challenge. Location: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Methods: Contemporary biophysical larval dispersal models were used to predict long-distance multigenerational connections for two common and foundational coral..

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