Rhodolith/Maërl Beds: A Global Perspective

  • Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez
  • Wendy Nelson
  • Julio Aguirre

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Role of Rhodolith/Maërl Beds in Modern Oceans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicholas A. Kamenos, Heidi L. Burdett, Nicolas Darrenougue
      Pages 27-53
    3. Sophie Martin, Jason M. Hall-Spencer
      Pages 55-85
    4. Giovanni Coletti, Daniela Basso, Alfredo Frixa
      Pages 87-101
  3. The Role of Rhodolith/Maërl Beds in Historical Oceans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Julio Aguirre, Juan C. Braga, Davide Bassi
      Pages 105-138
    3. Davide Bassi, Lucia Simone, James H. Nebelsick
      Pages 139-167
    4. Markes E. Johnson, Jorge Ledesma-Vázquez, Ricardo S. Ramalho, Carlos M. da Silva, Ana Cristina Rebelo, Ana Santos et al.
      Pages 221-261
  4. Conservation Status of Rhodolith/Maërl at Major Ocean Basins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Jazmin J. Hernandez-Kantun, Jason M. Hall-Spencer, Jacques Grall, Walter Adey, Fabio Rindi, Christine A. Maggs et al.
      Pages 265-279
    3. Daniela Basso, Lorenza Babbini, Angel Alfonso Ramos-Esplá, Maria Salomidi
      Pages 281-298
    4. Gilberto M. Amado-Filho, Ricardo G. Bahia, Guilherme H. Pereira-Filho, Leila L. Longo
      Pages 299-317
    5. Néstor M. Robinson, Cindy Fernández-García, Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez, Edgar F. Rosas-Alquicira, Brenda Konar, Heloise Chenelot et al.
      Pages 319-333
    6. Aki Kato, Masasuke Baba, Shinya Matsuda, Yasufumi Iryu
      Pages 335-347
    7. Wendy Nelson, Kate Neill
      Pages 349-359
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 361-368

About this book


Rhodolith beds are recognized internationally as a unique ecosystem, and they are the focus of this interdisciplinary book. These marine beds occur worldwide, from the tropics to the poles, ranging in depth from intertidal to deep subtidal habitats and they are also represented in extensive fossil deposits. In the light of international interest in rhodoliths and maerl concerning their role in coastal ecosystems and with respect to biodiversity, fisheries, and the production of sediment, this book provides the most comprehensive view possible. As readers will discover, rhodoliths/maerl are fundamental to a range of ecological processes, acting as ecosystem engineers including playing key roles in recruitment and providing nursery habitats. Rhodoliths/maerl have been used commercially in some parts of the world, and they are understood to be vulnerable to coastal modifications and human-induced change, and hence their status may serve as an indicator of ecosystem health. Rhodoliths/maerl contribute to global carbon budgets although the extent remains to be evaluated, as do the potential impacts of changing global climates and ocean acidification.


Biodiversity in Maerl Beds Carbon Factory and Rhodolith/Marl Beds Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Hotspots Ecological Process Fisheries Center and Maerl Beds Global Warming and Paleoecology Paleoecology and Maerl Beds Rhodoliths/Maerl beds

Editors and affiliations

  • Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Wendy Nelson
    • 2
  • Julio Aguirre
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología MarinaUniversidad de Baja California SurLa Paz, BCSMexico
  2. 2.School of Biological Sciences University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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