The paleoecology of coral reefs

Pandolfi, John. M. (2011). The paleoecology of coral reefs. In Zvy Dubinsky and Noga Stambler (Ed.), Coral reefs: An ecosystem in transition (pp. 13-24) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4

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Author Pandolfi, John. M.
Title of chapter The paleoecology of coral reefs
Title of book Coral reefs: An ecosystem in transition
Language of Book Title eng
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4
Open Access Status
Year available 2011
ISBN 9789400701137
Editor Zvy Dubinsky
Noga Stambler
Chapter number 2
Start page 13
End page 24
Total pages 12
Total chapters 29
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Reefs are one of the oldest ecosystems in the world, and coral reefs have had a rich and varied history over hundreds of millions of years. The long-term history of living reef organisms provides an essential window in which to view a number of fundamental evolutionary and ecological processes over extended time frames not available to modern ecology over years or decades. Many of the constituents of modern reefs are calcifying organisms that leave a record of their presence in the fossil record. Thus, coral reef paleoecology has been undertaken on tropical ecosystems worldwide with applications in ecology, evolution, biogeography, extinction risk, conservation and management, and global change biology. Because many reef organisms secrete their calcareous skeletons at or near isotopic equilibrium with ambient seawater, they have also been used to reconstruct environmental conditions over long time frames. The examination of ecological and evolutionary change in the context of environmental variability provides an ideal framework for understanding coral reef paleoecology and placing the modern biodiversity crisis in an historical context.
Keyword Coral reefs
Reef management
Global change
Evolutionary turnover
Conservation biology
Q-Index Code B1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Part II Geology and Evolution

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