Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Pacific Ocean Islands, Coastal Ecology

  • Mark D. MerlinEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_238-2

The ecology of the tropics is an incredibly complex subject, probably far too complex to be grasped in its entirety by the human mind. Yet it is of the greatest urgency that it should be sufficiently understood so as to help man utilize tropical lands without utterly destroying the region eventually as a human habitat.

Marie-Helen Sachet, 1967, Botanist, Smithsonian Institute (cf. National Biodiversity Team of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 2000, inside front cover)

Adequate comprehension of the complexity of the vast number of relationships between organisms and their environment should be extended to both land and sea, especially where they are in relatively close proximity near the coastline.

Coastal ecology of isolated tropical Pacific islands offers many microcosmic examples of the forms and functions of species. It also focuses attention on the adaptation to a series of biogeochemical conditions presented by natural phenomena, and more recently by human activities. The...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biology ProgramUniversity of Hawaii at MānoaHonoluluUSA