[Coral-List] Fw: History of sampling methods for marine benthos

vassil zlatarski vzlatarski at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 1 21:59:36 EDT 2011

Dear Al,

Actually, reef transects were used much earlier.  In the beginning of the last 
century Alfred Mayor used them successfully (1).  Charles Darwin was 
pioneer of reef transects (2).

(1) STEPHENS, L.D. & CALDER, D.R., 2006.
Seafaring Scientist: Alfred Goldsborough Mayor, Pioneer in Marine Biology. University of SouthFloridaPress, 221p.

(2) ROSEN, R.R. & DARRELL, J., 2011. Darwin, pioneer of reef transects, reef ecology and ancient reef modeling: significance of his specimens 
in the Natural History Museum, London. In: ARETZ, M., DELCULEE, S., DENAYER, J. & POTY E. (Eds.). Kolner Forum Geol. Paleont., 19: 151-153.


Vassil ZlatarskiD.Sc. (Biology), Ph.D. (Geology)
131 Fales Rd., Bristol, RI 02809, USA;  tel.: +1-401-254-5121

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Dear Coral-List,
I am writing a paper on the evolution of methods for sampling the freshwater and marine benthos. The first recorded use of transects that I have encountered for marine ecosystems is that of Fishelson's 1966 survey of the coral reef of the northern Red Sea (reported in Fishelson, L. (1973) Ecology of coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea) influenced by pollution. Oecologia 12: 55–67). Is anybody aware of an earlier use of transects in coral reefs or other marine ecosystems?
Thank you.
Al Jones 
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