Journal article

Geographic variation in long-term trajectories of change in coral recruitment: a global-to-local perspective

PJ Edmunds, R Steneck, R Albright, RC Carpenter, APY Chui, T-Y Fan, S Harii, H Kitano, H Kurihara, L Legendre, S Mitarai, S Muko, Y Nozawa, J Padilla-Gamino, NN Price, K Sakai, G Suzuki, MJH van Oppen, A Yarid, RD Gates

MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

Compiled abundances of juvenile corals revealed no change over time in the Pacific, but a decline in the Caribbean. Using these analyses as a rationale, we explored recruitment and post-settlement success in determining coral cover using studies in the Caribbean (St John, Bonaire) and Pacific (Moorea, Okinawa). Juvenile corals, coral recruits, and coral cover have been censused in these locations for years, and the ratio of juvenile (J) to recruiting (R) corals was used to measure post-settlement success. In St John and Bonaire, coral cover was stable but different between studies, with the ratio of the density of juveniles to density of recruits (J:R) ∼0.10; in Moorea, declines in coral cov..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This is a product of a workshop hosted by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and was funded jointly by the US National Science Foundation (supplement to OCE 10-41270 to PJE and RCC) and OIST. Research in Bonaire was primarily funded by STINAPA, with special thanks to Ramon de Leon, and research in St John was funded by NSF (DEB 08-41441 to PJE). This is contribution number 222 of the marine biology program of California State University, Northridge.