Special Issue "Marginal Reef Systems: Resilience in A Rapidly Changing World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2021.
Interests: marine ecology; paleoecology; coral physiology and morphology; carbonate sedimentology; habitat mapping; water quality; island geomorphology; sediment transport; oceanography; ecological modelling; conservation management
Interests: population dynamics of corals; extreme and degraded coral reef systems; fish-macroalgal-coral interactions; functional role of herbivorous fishes; predator-prey interactions
Marginal coral reefs live under sub-optimal environmental conditions (e.g., low light, high sediment inputs and variable temperatures) and include turbid and mesophotic reefs, high-latitude reefs, high-temperature reefs, and high CO2 seep reefs near volcanic vents. These reef systems are typically characterised by low biodiversity, reduced habitat complexity, and low coral cover, and are dominated by stress tolerant and weedy coral communities. Given that the range of marginal reefs will likely extend with future climate change, studying these reefs may provide potentially novel and useful insights into the effects of future climate change on coral reefs. Further, marginal reefs allows us to test hypotheses about resilience in the face of increasing local and global stressors that impact biodiversity, ecosystem function, and carbonate accretion. Biodiversity is considered to be a cornerstone of reef resilience, and as such, reef conservation has focused greatly on biodiversity hotspots. Yet there is increasing evidence that marginal reefs with lower biodiversity may have greater resilience to future ocean warming.
We invite submissions that focus on marginal reef types, their resilience to environmental stress and potential characteristics (e.g., species diversity, community composition, ecophysiology, functional coral traits, host symbiont associations) that contribute to their resilience and function. These studies can include local to global studies and site-specific case studies to meta-analysis approaches and can focus on the coral micro-biome to reef communities on both fossil and contemporary reefs. In doing so, this Special Issue will highlight new research and significant advances on these understudied reef systems, and re-assess their conservation value.
Dr. Andrew Bauman
Dr. Nicola Browne
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- Coral reefs
- Marginal environments
- Ocean warming
- Coral reef conservation