Ecological persistence interrupted in Caribbean coral reefs [Letter]

Pandolfi, J. M. and Jackson, J. B. C. (2006) Ecological persistence interrupted in Caribbean coral reefs [Letter]. Ecology Letters, 9 7: 818-826. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00933.x

Author Pandolfi, J. M.
Jackson, J. B. C.
Title Ecological persistence interrupted in Caribbean coral reefs [Letter]
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00933.x
Open Access Status
Volume 9
Issue 7
Start page 818
End page 826
Total pages 9
Editor Michael Hochberg
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
760200 Environmental and Resource Evaluation
Abstract The recent mass mortality of Caribbean reef corals dramatically altered reef community structure and begs the question of the past stability and persistence of coral assemblages before human disturbance began. We report within habitat stability in coral community composition in the Pleistocene fossil record of Barbados for at least 95 000 years despite marked variability in global sea level and climate. Results were consistent for surveys of both common and rare taxa. Comparison of Pleistocene and modern community structure shows that Recent human impacts have changed coral community structure in ways not observed in the preceding 220 000 years.
Keyword Barbados
Caribbean Sea
Community Ecology
Community Structure
Coral Reefs
Ecosystem Stability
Habitat Degradation
Rare Species
Death Assemblages
Pleistocene Reefs
Fringing Reefs
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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