Special Issue "Coral Reef Diversity: Climate Change and Coral Reef Degradation"

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A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ray Berkelmans
Responding to Climate Change Team, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Private Mail Bag 3, Townsville Q4810, Australia
Website: http://www.aims.gov.au
E-Mail: r.berkelmans@aims.gov.au
Phone: +61 747534268
Fax: +61 747725852
Interests: Coral ecology; coral bleaching; coral adaptation; climate change; environmental structuring

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Dear Colleagues,

Coral reefs make up only a tiny fraction of the global ecosystem. Yet their contribution to biodiversity is highly disproportionate in relation to their size, rivalling that of tropical rainforests. Coral reefs are in crisis, not only because of local and regional-scale human impacts, but now also from climate change.  Reef-building corals are in obligate symbiosis with single-celled, dynoflagellates called “zooxanthellae”, on which they rely for the majority of their energy needs. Warming summers and increasing duration of extreme temperatures have resulted in unprecedented “coral bleaching”, or breakdown of the symbiosis, since the early 1980’s resulting in widespread mortality and decline in coral reefs. In addition to the thermal environment, the chemical environment of coral reefs is also under threat from increasing CO2 levels causing the world’s oceans to become more acidic, making it increasingly difficult for corals and other marine calcifying organisms to make their skeleton. Major impacts from all these sources affect not only corals but a myriad of other creatures whose niche is either directly or indirectly dependent on them. It is therefore timely that we devote a special issue on the plight of coral reefs and their conservation in an era of climate change.

Ray Berkelmans
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • coral
  • reef
  • climate change
  • symbiosis
  • zooxanthellae
  • fish
  • management
  • biodiversity
  • coral bleaching

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p. 105-160
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Diversity 2012, 4(1), 105-160; doi:10.3390/d4010105
Received: 14 February 2012; Accepted: 17 February 2012 / Published: 13 March 2012
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p. 94-104
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Diversity 2012, 4(1), 94-104; doi:10.3390/d4010094
Received: 17 November 2011; in revised form: 7 February 2012 / Accepted: 10 February 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012
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p. 628-640
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Diversity 2011, 3(4), 628-640; doi:10.3390/d3040628
Received: 2 August 2011; in revised form: 15 September 2011 / Accepted: 22 September 2011 / Published: 3 October 2011
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p. 592-610
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Diversity 2011, 3(4), 592-610; doi:10.3390/d3040592
Received: 5 July 2011; in revised form: 17 August 2011 / Accepted: 22 September 2011 / Published: 30 September 2011
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p. 581-591
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Diversity 2011, 3(4), 581-591; doi:10.3390/d3040581
Received: 1 July 2011; in revised form: 29 August 2011 / Accepted: 9 September 2011 / Published: 29 September 2011
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p. 483-502
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 483-502; doi:10.3390/d3030483
Received: 30 June 2011; in revised form: 1 September 2011 / Accepted: 2 September 2011 / Published: 14 September 2011
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 466-482; doi:10.3390/d3030466
Received: 28 June 2011; in revised form: 25 July 2011 / Accepted: 26 July 2011 / Published: 24 August 2011
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p. 405-423
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 405-423; doi:10.3390/d3030405
Received: 15 June 2011; in revised form: 26 July 2011 / Accepted: 27 July 2011 / Published: 12 August 2011
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p. 424-452
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 424-452; doi:10.3390/d3030424
Received: 30 June 2011; in revised form: 2 August 2011 / Accepted: 3 August 2011 / Published: 12 August 2011
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p. 329-355
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 329-355; doi:10.3390/d3030329
Received: 19 April 2011; in revised form: 12 July 2011 / Accepted: 13 July 2011 / Published: 19 July 2011
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p. 356-374
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 356-374; doi:10.3390/d3030356
Received: 12 July 2011; Accepted: 18 July 2011 / Published: 19 July 2011
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p. 296-307
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Diversity 2011, 3(3), 296-307; doi:10.3390/d3030296
Received: 30 April 2011; in revised form: 9 June 2011 / Accepted: 13 June 2011 / Published: 27 June 2011
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Diversity 2011, 3(2), 262-274; doi:10.3390/d3020262
Received: 21 March 2011; in revised form: 9 May 2011 / Accepted: 23 May 2011 / Published: 30 May 2011
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