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

rkarlson at UDel.Edu rkarlson at UDel.Edu
Fri Sep 2 13:56:00 EDT 2011


Check out Karlson & Cornell 1998 Ecological Monographs 
68(2):29-274.  This review covers line transects as well as 
point intercept and quadrat methods used to quantify coral 
species richness on coral reefs.  It refers to 3 early line 
transect studies by Loya (1972. Marine Biology 13:100-123) and 
Porter (1972a. American Naturalist 106:487-492 & 1972b. Pages 
89-116 in The Panama Biota - some observations prior to a sea 
level canal, M.L. Jones, editor. Bulletin on the Biological 
Society of Washington. Volume 2).   

I'm sure the broader ecological literature dealing with marine 
benthic studies, in general, goes back much earlier.  

Ron Karlson

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>Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:40:41 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Alexis Bonfire <lexbon80 at yahoo.com>
>Subject: [Coral-List] History of sampling methods for marine 
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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 
>Thank you.
>Al Jones?

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