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Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition

  • Zvy Dubinsky
  • Noga Stambler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. History and Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert H. Richmond, Eric Wolanski
      Pages 3-10
  3. Geology and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. John M. Pandolfi
      Pages 13-24
    3. Eric J. Hochberg
      Pages 25-35
    4. John (Charlie) E. N. Veron
      Pages 37-45
    5. John (Charlie) E. N. Veron, Lyndon M. DeVantier, Emre Turak, Alison L. Green, Stuart Kininmonth, M. Stafford-Smith et al.
      Pages 47-55
  4. Coral Biology: Symbiosis, Photosynthesis and Calcification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Peter L. Harrison
      Pages 59-85
    3. Denis Allemand, Éric Tambutté, Didier Zoccola, Sylvie Tambutté
      Pages 119-150
    4. Jonathan Erez, Stéphanie Reynaud, Jacob Silverman, Kenneth Schneider, Denis Allemand
      Pages 151-176
    5. Jaap A. Kaandorp, Maxim Filatov, Nol Chindapol
      Pages 177-185
    6. Paola Furla, Sophie Richier, Denis Allemand
      Pages 187-195
  5. The Coral Reef Ecosystem: Bacteria, Zooplankton, Algae, Invertebrates, Fishes and Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Marlin J. Atkinson
      Pages 199-206
    3. Yoshimi Suzuki, Beatriz E. Casareto
      Pages 207-214
    4. Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Mia Hoogenboom, Fanny Houlbrèque
      Pages 215-229

About this book


This book covers in one volume materials scattered in hundreds of research articles, in most cases focusing on specialized aspects of coral biology. In addition to the latest developments in coral evolution and physiology, it presents chapters devoted to novel frontiers in coral reef research. These include the molecular biology of corals and their symbiotic algae, remote sensing of reef systems, ecology of coral disease spread, effects of various scenarios of global climate change, ocean acidification effects of increasing CO2 levels on coral calcification, and damaged coral reef remediation. Beyond extensive coverage of the above aspects, key issues regarding the coral organism and the reef ecosystem such as calcification, reproduction, modeling, algae, reef invertebrates, competition and fish are re-evaluated in the light of new research and emerging insights. In all chapters novel theories as well as challenges to established paradigms are introduced, evaluated and discussed. This volume is indispensible for all those involved in coral reef management and conservation.


Acidification Acidification Climate Change Climate Change Climate Change Coral Reefs Coral Reefs Coral Reefs Ecosystems Ecosystems Ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Zvy Dubinsky
    • 1
  • Noga Stambler
    • 2
  1. 1., The Mina & Everard Goodman Fac. of LifeBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2., The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty ofBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This book examines coral reefs from A to Z in five parts … 29 chapters, with most of the chapters appearing in the biology, ecosystem, and disturbance sections. Each chapter typically begins with a short abstract, followed by detailed contents. Most of the figures and photos are in color and correlate well with chapter contents. … a good reference source for all levels of readers, from nonscientist to professional researcher … . Summing Up: Recommended. Academic, professional, and general readers, all levels.” (L. T. Spencer, Choice, Vol. 48 (10), June, 2011)