Special Issue of Coral Reefs on Community Dynamics of Coral Reef Algae

Alina Szmant aszmant at rsmas.miami.edu
Mon Jul 5 18:20:44 EDT 1999

I have had several inquires as to the deadline for submission of
manuscripts for this issue.  The deadline for submissions is December 1,
1999.  All manuscripts received by that date should be able to be reviewed
and revised in time to meet the publisher's deadline for the special issue.
 Manuscripts received after that date will be processed as usual for the
journal, and accepted into the special issue if time and space allow.   I
am enclosing the Call for Papers below for those who may have missed the
first announcement.  In addition to the two Guest Editors announced
earlier, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Margaret W. Miller will also be
a Guest Editor for the Special Issue.  Her address is listed in the call
for papers:



The Editors of Coral Reefs invite submission of manuscripts on the
processes underlying the dynamics of algae on coral reefs.  It has long
been recognized that productivity by benthic turfing and fleshy algae  is
essential to the ecology and trophodynamics of coral reefs, even though the
biomass of these algae is often low.  There has been a gradual broadening
in our understanding of coral reef algal dynamics over the past thirty
years: low algal biomass was initially attributed to the often low nutrient
concentrations of tropical coral reef waters, the so-called 'paradox of the
reef'.  Subsequent research added the concept of  'nutrient regulation' of
algal communities, and the focus shifted to identifying previously
unrecognised nutrient sources, and to the role of  nutrient recycling  in
sustaining high rates of algal production.  More recent research recognized
additionally the critical importance of high rates of herbivory in
controlling algal communities and biomass, and in stimulating higher rates
of algal production. Within the past decade or more, dramatic increases in
algal abundance have been widely reported, particularly on Caribbean coral
reefs, suggesting that major changes in coral reef ecosystem function have

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together studies that can
further our understanding of how natural processes (e.g. upwelling,
herbivory, territoriality in damselfishes) and  anthropogenic factors (e.g.
nutrification, fishing) contribute to the dynamics of algal assemblages on
coral reefs.  Especially of interest are well-documented reports on the
causes of  algal blooms, the interplay between multiple factors affecting
algal community structure and production, and coral-algal interactions.
Reviews, case studies and reef sites will be selected based on the quality
of the science and the new insight they bring to understanding relevant

The special issue (approximately 12-15 manuscripts) will be published  in
mid-2000.  Prospective authors should first contact the Biological Editor,
Alina M. Szmant by email (szmanta at uncwil.edu) or fax (1-910-962-4066).  To
ensure timely publication, manuscripts should be submitted as soon as
possible to either Alina M. Szmant or one of the three Guest Editors 
(Laurence McCook, Robert C. Carpenter and Margaret W. Miller) for the
Special Issue:

Dr. Alina Szmant
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Rd
Wilmington NC 28403 USA
szmanta at uncwil.edu

Dr. Laurence McCook 
Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB 3 Townsville MC, Qld, 4810, 
l.mccook at aims.gov.au

Robert C. Carpenter
Department of Biology
California State University
Northridge, CA  91330-8303
(818) 677-3256
(818) 677-2034 FAX
EMAIL- robert.carpenter at csun.edu

Dr.  Margaret W. Miller
75 Virginia Beach Dr.
Miami, FL 33149
305-361-4562 (FAX)
margaret.w.miller at noaa.gov

For further details on manuscript preparation please consult the
Instructions for authors (see this issue or http://LINK.springer.de).



Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Coral Reef Research Group
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami FL 33149
tel:  (305)361-4609  fax:  (305)361-4600
email:  aszmant at rsmas.miami.edu

AFTER JULY 15th, 1999:

Department of Biology
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington  NC  28403
tel:  (910)962-3487  fax:  (910)962-4066
email:  szmanta at uncwil.edu


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