Marine Hard Bottom Communities

Patterns, Dynamics, Diversity, and Change

  • Martin Wahl

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 206)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Habitat, Substrata and Communities

  3. Diversity Patterns and Their Causes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 74-79
    2. Jonne Kotta, Jon D. Witman
      Pages 89-99
    3. Antonio Terlizzi, David R. Schiel
      Pages 101-112
    4. Sharyn J. Goldstien, David R. Schiel
      Pages 113-125
    5. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
      Pages 127-141
  4. Community Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 144-147
    2. Ester A. Serrão, Jon Havenhand
      Pages 149-164
    3. Dustin J. Marshall, Craig Styan, Christopher D. McQuaid
      Pages 165-176
    4. Stuart R. Jenkins, Dustin Marshall, Simonetta Fraschetti
      Pages 177-190
    5. Josep-Maria Gili, Peter S. Petraitis
      Pages 191-200
    6. J. Timothy Wootton, Mathieu Cusson, Sergio Navarrete, Peter S. Petraitis
      Pages 201-212
    7. Laure M.-L.J. Noël, John N. Griffin, Paula S. Moschella, Stuart R. Jenkins, Richard C. Thompson, Stephen J. Hawkins
      Pages 213-223
    8. Markus Molis, Bernardo A.P. da Gama
      Pages 225-237
  5. Changing Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 240-245
    2. Brianna G. Clynick, David Blockley, M. Gee Chapman
      Pages 247-256
    3. Christopher D.G. Harley, Sean D. Connell
      Pages 257-268
    4. Laura Airoldi, Sean D. Connell, Michael W. Beck
      Pages 269-280
    5. David R. Schiel
      Pages 281-294
    6. Carlo Cerrano, Giorgio Bavestrello
      Pages 295-307
    7. Christopher D. McQuaid, Francisco Arenas
      Pages 309-320
    8. Gregory M. Ruiz, Amy L. Freestone, Paul W. Fofonoff, Christina Simkanin
      Pages 321-332
    9. Paris J. Goodsell, M. Gee Chapman
      Pages 333-344
    10. Paris J. Goodsell, A.J. Underwood
      Pages 345-355
  6. Role of Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 358-360
    2. Lars Gamfeldt, Matthew E.S. Bracken
      Pages 361-373
    3. Tasman P. Crowe, Roly Russell
      Pages 375-390
  7. Appropriate Research Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 424-424
    2. A.J. Underwood, Angus C. Jackson
      Pages 425-435
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 437-445

About this book


Marine hard bottoms feature some of the most spectacular and diverse biological communities on this planet. These not only contain a rich treasure of genetic, taxonomic and functional information but also deliver irreplaceable ecosystem services. At the same time, they are highly vulnerable and increasingly threatened by anthropogenic pressures. This volume has collected contributions by 50 scientists from numerous biogeographic regions, dealing with characteristics of hard bottom communities. Distributional patterns in space and time are described, followed by analyses of the intrinsic and extrinsic dynamics producing these patterns. A strong emphasis is placed on the ongoing changes occurring in the structure and diversity of these communities in response to spiralling environmental impacts, and on state-of-the-art countermeasures aiming to preserve these ecological treasures. Finally, various values of diversity are assessed, hopefully as an incentive for enhanced conservation efforts.


Biodiversity Ecology Species richness ecosystem ecosystem processes environment evolution reefs seasonal dynamics

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