[Coral-List] Paper - Phytoplankton uptake and the ocean catchment

Alex Wyatt awyatt at graduate.uwa.edu.au
Fri May 7 12:52:35 EDT 2010


Dear Coral List members,


List members may be interested in a recent publication in Marine Ecology
Progress Series concerning phytoplankton uptake by coral reef communities:


Wyatt ASJ, Lowe RJ, Humphries S, Waite AM (2010) Particulate nutrient fluxes
over a fringing coral reef: relevant 

      scales of phytoplankton production and mechanisms of supply. Mar Ecol
Prog Ser 405:113-130


The paper also introduces the concept of the 'ocean catchment' which is an
attempt to quantify the area of ocean that a benthic system may depend on
for planktonic food production and supply.  This may be of extra interest
given the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - direct impacts aside, what are the
flow on effects on the benthic systems of the Gulf of Mexico from such an
apparently large-scale perturbation of the water column?






Alex Wyatt



Alex S.J. Wyatt

Fulbright Western Australia Scholar


Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Integrative Oceanography Division

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

LA JOLLA CA, 92093-0227

Email: awyatt at graduate.uwa.edu.au


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