Week 4: Phase Shifts, Resilience and Recovery

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Strongly recommended reading

This is a recent review...it's not "REQUIRED" but it would be useful to read if you have time...reviews are fun because there are usually ideas in there that make for interesting discussion.

Graham NAJ, Bellwood DR, Cinner JE, Hughes TP, Norstrom AV, Nystrom M. 2013. Managing resilience to reverse phase shifts in coral reefs. Front Ecol Environ. 11(10):541-548

Some of these authors should look familiar to you. Graham was the first author on the structural complexity paper we read the first week. Bellwood was the senior author on the algal transplant study. We'll definitely be talking about other work by Hughes during class and in works to come.




Required Reading

De'ath G., Fabricius KE, Sweatman H, Puotinen, M. 2012. The 27-year decline of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef and its causes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 109:17995-9/

Slattery M., Lesser MP. 2014. Allelopathy in the tropical alga Lobophora variegata (Phaeophyceae): mechanistic basis for a phase shift on mesophotic coral reefs. J Phycol 50: 493-505.

I thought the Slattery paper would be nice way for us to incorporate some a more experimental approach. It also follows nicely from a point Hanny made during discussion of Hoey and Bellwood during week 2.

Optional additional reading

(some will be posted to the right, some might not be posted but should be easily accessed).

***This one is not required, but I'm hoping Laura might find it interesting and tell us a bit about it.

Kelly LW, Barott KL, Dinsdale E, Friedlander AM, Nosrat B, Obura D, Sala E, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Vermeij MJA, Williams GJ, Willner D, Rohwer. 2012. Black reefs: iron-induced phase shifts on coral reefs. ISME J 6:638-49

These are also excellent review papers, but they are a little older
Hughes et al. 2003. Climate change, human impacts, and the resilience of coral reefs. Science 301:929-933.

Bellwood et al. 2004. Confronting the coral reef crisis. Nature 429:827-833.

Norstrom et al. 2009. Alternative states on coral reefs: beyond coral-macroalgal phase shifts. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 376:295-306.

Roff, G.; Mumby, PJ. 2012. Global disparity in the resilience of coral reefs. 2012. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27(7): 404-413.

Primary research papers

Bellwood, DR; Baird, AH; Depczynski, M; Gonzalez-Cabello, A; Hoey, AS; Lefevre, CD; Tanner, JK. 2012. Coral recovery may not herald the return of fishes on damaged corals reefs. Oecologia 170:567-73.

Ferrari, R; Gonzalez-Rivero, M; Ortiz, JC; Mumby, PJ. 2012. Interaction of herbivory and seasonality on the dynamics of Caribbean macroalgae. Coral Reefs 31:683-692.

Cheal et al. 2010. Coral-macroalgal phase shifts or reef resilience: links with diversity and functional roles of herbivorous fishes on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 29: 1005-15.

Mumby et al. 2007. Thresholds and the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs. Nature 450:98-101.


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