Tropical Foraminifera as indicators of water quality and temperature

Reymond, Claire E., Uthicke, Sven and Pandolfi, John M. (2012). Tropical Foraminifera as indicators of water quality and temperature. In: D. Yellowlees and T. P. Hughes, Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (). 9-13 July 2012.

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Author Reymond, Claire E.
Uthicke, Sven
Pandolfi, John M.
Title of paper Tropical Foraminifera as indicators of water quality and temperature
Conference name 12th International Coral Reef Symposium
Conference location Cairns, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 9-13 July 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium
Place of Publication Townsville, QLD, Australia
Publisher James Cook University
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780980857252
Editor D. Yellowlees
T. P. Hughes
Total pages 5
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Managing local water quality in coastal marine ecosystems is fundamental for the long-term protection of diversity and carbonate production, to maintain reef accretion. Although there are numerous indicators to measure the resilience and health of reef environments, the use of foraminifera is building momentum. Key mechanisms controlling productivity in benthic ecosystems can be assessed by investigating foraminiferal calcification and physiology in response to changing water quality (primarily nutrients) and temperature. Benthic foraminifera are among the most abundant protists in the shallow reef marine environment yet, even in low abundance, the ecological record they leave in the sediments is extremely useful for reconstructing past and present environmental conditions. This application can enable studies to pinpoint the duration and timing of long-term influence of eutrophication in coastal marine ecosystems. This is largely due to their biology and sensitivity to environmental conditions, high taxonomic diversity (ca. 4,000 extant species) and relatively short life cycles (months to a year or more). However, altering ecological conditions influence species differently, so the community and physiological responses needs to be clearly identified. For example, the host-algae association is complex and typically photosymbiont-bearing marine organisms suffer adverse metabolic effects directly from sediment runoff, inorganic nutrient runoff, light and temperature. Therefore, validation is recommended when applying indices created in one region to another.
Keyword FORAM index
Photosymbiont-bearing foraminifera
Benthic carbonate production
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Theme 21: Water quality: impacts & management; ICRS2012_21B_2

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