[Coral-List] Seeking Caribbean reef fish data
michelle_paddack at sfu.ca
Tue Feb 26 18:54:49 EST 2008
I have spoken with many of you individually, but for those I may have
missed, I would like to put out one last call for data.
I am a post doctoral research associate working jointly with the
University of East Anglia (with Andrew Watkinson) and Simon Fraser
University (with Isabelle Cote and John Reynolds). We are conducting a
meta-analysis of Caribbean reef fish populations that is somewhat of a
follow-up to their previous work on Caribbean coral declines (Gardner et
al. 2003). Our goal, in brief, is to investigate whether there have
been any temporal changes within the past 50 yrs in Caribbean reef fish
abundances, biomass, species composition, etc., and to test predictions
about how these change with factors such as habitat structure and
fishing intensity. To this end, we have compiled > 20,000 lines of data
from both published and unpublished studies at > 100 reefs across the
Caribbean and SW N Atlantic region.
We are working in a highly collaborative manner with contributing
scientists and would welcome any further contributions or suggestions
for data sources of quantitative fish surveys replicated at the same
site(s) within the Caribbean region over 2 or more years. Data from
single-year studies are also valuable, particularly from pre-1990's and
from lesser studied areas.
If you have or know of such data or have any questions about this
project, please contact me.
Thank you very much!
Michelle J. Paddack, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6
Phone: +1 778 782-3989
Email: michelle_paddack at sfu.ca
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