Week 3 - Ecology of Coral Bleaching

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Primary/required reading

1. Bongaerts et al. 2010. Genetic divergence across habitats in the widespread coral Seriatophora hystrix and its associated Symbiodinium. PLoS ONE 5(5):e10871

...I think this paper is interesting and I really like the way the data are presented.

2. Kemp DW, Hernandez-Pech X, Iglesias-Prieto R, Fitt WK, Schmidt GW. 2014. Community dynamics and physiology of Symbiodinium spp. before, during and after a coral bleaching event. Limnol Oceanogr 59(3): 788-97

...many papers have looked at symbiont composition in relation to bleaching events (some listed below). I picked this one in part because it is very recent, and in part because it combines genetics with physiology.

Optional/supplementary reading

Stat M, Morris E, Gates RD. 2008. Functional diversity in coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. PNAS 105(27): 9256-61.

Rodrigues L and Grottoli AG. 2007. Energy reserves and metabolism as indicators of coral recovery from bleaching. Limnol. Oceanogr. 52(5): 1874-82.

Good review if you are interested in symbiosis and/or want some additional context or help in understanding the two other papers:

Baker AC. 2003. Flexibility and specificity in coral-algal symbiosis: Diversity, ecology, and biogeography of Symbiodinium. Annu Rev Ecol Evol Syst. 34:661-89.

The two papers listed below make a nice contrast: Jones et al saw interesting shifts toward Clade D after bleaching (and other interesting things)! Thornhill et al. largely saw return to same community.

Thornhill DJ, et al. 2009. Reef endemism, host specificity and temporal stability in populations of symbiotic dinoflagellates from two ecologically dominant Caribbean corals. PLoS ONE 4:e6262.

Jones AM, Berkelmans R, van Oppen MJH, Mieog JC, Sinclair W. 2008. A community change in the algal endosymbionts of a scleractinian coral following a natural bleaching event: field evidence of acclimatization. Proc R Soc Lond, B 275:1359-65.


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