Are coral reefs victims of their own past success?

Renema, Willem, Pandolfi, John M., Kiessling, Wolfgang, Bosellini, Francesca R., Klaus, James S., Korpanty, Chelsea, Rosen, Brian R., Santodomingo, Nadiezhda, Wallace, Carden C., Webster, Jody M. and Johnson, Kenneth G. (2016) Are coral reefs victims of their own past success?. Science Advances, 2 4: . doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500850

Author Renema, Willem
Pandolfi, John M.
Kiessling, Wolfgang
Bosellini, Francesca R.
Klaus, James S.
Korpanty, Chelsea
Rosen, Brian R.
Santodomingo, Nadiezhda
Wallace, Carden C.
Webster, Jody M.
Johnson, Kenneth G.
Title Are coral reefs victims of their own past success?
Journal name Science Advances   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2375-2548
Publication date 2016-04-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1500850
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 4
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
As one of the most prolific and widespread reef builders, the staghorn coral Acropora holds a disproportionately large role in how coral reefs will respond to accelerating anthropogenic change. We show that although Acropora has a diverse history extended over the past 50 million years, it was not a dominant reef builder until the onset of high-amplitude glacioeustatic sea-level fluctuations 1.8 million years ago. High growth rates and propagation by fragmentation have favored staghorn corals since this time. In contrast, staghorn corals are among the most vulnerable corals to anthropogenic stressors, with marked global loss of abundance worldwide. The continued decline in staghorn coral abundance and the mounting challenges from both local stress and climate change will limit the coral reefs’ ability to provide ecosystem services.
Keyword Ecology
Staghorn coral
Anthropogenic stress
Climate change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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