Special Issue "Coral Reef Biodiversity and Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2016)
Coral reef biodiversity is highly vulnerable to the multiple impacts associated with imposed water quality and climate change. The extent of these impacts are widespread and severe, and in some cases, such as with species extinction, irreversible. While some impacts are merely forecast, others are already happening. However, the magnitude and rate of change on coral reefs, in the past, present or future, is not well known. Even with regard to fundamental reef-building species like hard corals, there is a lot to learn concerning diversity at all scales, from communities to genetics. Couple these knowledge deficits with a lack of current or long-term datasets on species abundance and distribution patterns, coral reef managers are presented with a major challenge when trying to detect and mitigate derogatory changes. Without appropriate empirical baseline data, it is impossible to accurately identify or predict species extinctions, population growth, depletions, range shifts or responses to management efforts. This Special Issue provides an opportunity for collectively celebrating the diversity of life within coral reefs. The Special Issue also provides a platform for important new ecological and molecular research in the areas of species vulnerability, extinction, and biogeography as well as a space to discuss the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and new approaches for the optimal monitoring and management of biodiversity.
Dr. Zoe Richards
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