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A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs

Overview of attention for article published in Conservation Biology, April 2016
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A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs
Published in
Conservation Biology, April 2016
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12725
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Ilsa B. Kuffner, Lauren T. Toth


Continuing coral-reef degradation in the western Atlantic is resulting in loss of ecological and geologic functions of reefs. With the goal of assisting resource managers and stewards of reefs in setting and measuring progress toward realistic goals for coral-reef conservation and restoration, we examined reef degradation in this region from a geological perspective. The importance of ecosystem services provided by coral reefs-as breakwaters that dissipate wave energy and protect shorelines and as providers of habitat for innumerable species-cannot be overstated. However, the few coral species responsible for reef building in the western Atlantic during the last approximately 1.5 million years are not thriving in the 21(st) century. These species are highly sensitive to abrupt temperature extremes, prone to disease infection, and have low sexual reproductive potential. Their vulnerability and the low functional redundancy of branching corals have led to the low resilience of western Atlantic reef ecosystems. The decrease in live coral cover over the last 50 years highlights the need for study of relict (senescent) reefs, which, from the perspective of coastline protection and habitat structure, may be just as important to conserve as the living coral veneer. Research is needed to characterize the geological processes of bioerosion, reef cementation, and sediment transport as they relate to modern-day changes in reef elevation. For example, although parrotfish (family Scaridae) remove nuisance macroalgae, possibly promoting coral recruitment, they will not save Atlantic reefs from geological degradation. In fact, these fish are quickly nibbling away significant quantities of Holocene reef framework. The question of how different biota covering dead reefs affect framework resistance to biological and physical erosion needs to be addressed. Monitoring and managing reefs with respect to physical resilience, in addition to ecological resilience, could optimize the expenditure of resources in conserving Atlantic reefs and the services they provide. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 4 2%
Guadeloupe 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 177 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 41 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 18%
Student > Master 31 17%
Student > Bachelor 24 13%
Professor > Associate Professor 8 4%
Other 28 15%
Unknown 20 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 72 39%
Environmental Science 57 31%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 15 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 2%
Unspecified 2 1%
Other 8 4%
Unknown 28 15%

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