Effects of Multiple Ecological Drivers on Recruitment and Succession of Coral Reef Macroalgal Communities
Master of Science (MS)
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Deron E. Burkepile
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Macroalgae, Herbivory, Succession, Nutrients, Coral Reef
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The study evaluated the effects of herbivory pressure, nutrient availability and potential propagule supply on recruitment and succession of coral reef macroalgal communities. Recruitment and succession tiles were placed in a nutrient-herbivory factorial experiment and macroalgal abundances were evaluated through time. Proportional abundances of macroalgal form-functional groups on recruitment and succession tiles were similar to field established communities within treatments, evidencing possible effects of adult macroalgae as propagule supply. Macroalgal abundance of recruitment tiles increased with nutrient loading and herbivory reduction combined whereas on succession tiles nutrient loading increased abundance of articulated-calcareous only when herbivores were excluded. Macroalgal field established communities were only affected by herbivory reduction.
Duran, Alain, "Effects of Multiple Ecological Drivers on Recruitment and Succession of Coral Reef Macroalgal Communities" (2013). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 905.
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