[Coral-List] Coral Reef Functional Ecology in the Anthropocene

Graham, Nick nick.graham at lancaster.ac.uk
Mon Jun 10 12:28:10 UTC 2019

Dear Coral-List,

I wanted to bring a Special Feature in the journal Functional Ecology to your attention. It brings together an important collection of reviews and perspectives exploring how coral reefs are changing in the Anthropocene, and what this means for science and management. All of the papers are currently available as free access, and can be found here: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/13652435/2019/33/6

The specific contributions are:

Editorial: Gareth Williams and Nick Graham draw on the various contributions to explore what the Anthropocene means for coral reef functions and ecosystem services, and the way coral reef functional futures are being re-thought and explored - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13374

Dave Bellwood & colleagues explore how research has often stalled short of capturing ecosystem function, provide a clear definition of 'function', and propose a research agenda for coral reef functional studies in the Anthropocene - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13265

Kyle Zawada and colleagues explore how six coral morphological traits can capture changes in reef structure, and track responses to a range of changing impacts in the Anthropocene - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13358

Chris Perry and Lorenzo Alvarez-Filip conceptualise the changing geo-ecological functions of coral reefs in the Anthropocene, with reduced carbonate production, and reef growth - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13247

Chris Fulton and colleagues explore the form and function of tropical macroalgae reefs, an understudied but important component of many coral reef inshore tropical environments, and in some cases an expanding habitat - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13282

Adriana Verges and colleagues explore the tropicalisaton of temperate reef systems, what this means for ecosystem functions and ecosystem management - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13310

Gareth Williams and colleagues explore how coral reef ecology has increasingly become driven by humans, and posit the need for a radical re-think of how reef ecology is studied - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13290

Anna Woodhead & colleagues explore ecosystem services co-produced from coral reefs, propose approaches to better capture service provision, and explore the emergence of novel ecosystem services - https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.13331

Hope you find the Special feature of use in your own work.


Nick Graham

Professor of Marine Ecology
Royal Society Research Fellow
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University

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