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The Biology of Coral Reefs

Charles Sheppard, Simon Davy, Graham Pilling and Nicholas Graham

Published in print November 2017 | ISBN: 9780198787341
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191829420 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198787341.001.0001

Series: Biology of Habitats Series

The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of protein and income for many millions of people. Ecologically they are as complex as they are diverse and colourful. However, the combined effects of human activities have led to a rapid decline worldwide in the health of reefs. This timely book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of ‘boxes’ on specific aspects written by internationally recognized experts. As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate this marine environment, although pollution, conservation, climate change and experimental aspects are also included. Indeed, particular emphasis is placed on conservation and management due to the habitat’s critically endangered status. A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance. This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology. It is particularly suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students (in departments of biology, geography, and environmental science) taking courses in coral reef ecology, marine biology, oceanography and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic. It will also be of relevance and use to reef managers, recreational divers and amateur naturalists.

Keywords: coral; coral reef; climate change; marine; conservation

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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Coral reefs in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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The main reef builders and space occupiers in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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The abiotic environment in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Symbiotic interactions in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Microbial, microalgal and planktonic reef life in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Reef fish in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Reef fisheries and reef aquaculture in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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Coral reefs in the modern world in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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The future, human population and management in The Biology of Coral Reefs

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