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Global mismatch between research effort and conservation needs of tropical coral reefs

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin (noaa) - Usa
dc.contributor Natl Marine Fisheries Serv
dc.contributor University Of Western Australia
dc.contributor Univ Calif San Diego
dc.contributor University Of California System
dc.contributor Smithsonian Institution
dc.contributor National Aeronautics & Space Administration (nasa)
dc.contributor Smithsonian Inst
dc.contributor Natl Museum Nat Hist
dc.contributor Pacific Islands Fisheries Sci Ctr
dc.contributor Univ Western Australia M004
dc.contributor Dept Invertebrate Zool
dc.contributor Scripps Inst Oceanog
dc.contributor Noaa
dc.contributor Coral Reef Ecosyst Div
dc.contributor Ctr Marine Biodivers & Conservat
dc.contributor Mrc 163
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Sch Earth & Environm
dc.contributor University Of California San Diego
dc.contributor Uwa Oceans Inst M096
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en CALEY, M. JULIAN FISHER, REBECCA RADFORD, BEN T. KNOWLTON, NANCY BRAINARD, RUSSELL E. MICHAELIS, FRANCES B. 2017-03-21T01:23:52Z 2013-02-28T06:51:29Z 2017-03-21T01:23:52Z 2019-07-08T02:10:56Z 2017-03-21T01:23:52Z 2013-02-28T06:51:29Z 2017-03-21T01:23:52Z 2019-07-08T02:10:56Z 2011-02-01
dc.identifier 8708 en
dc.identifier.citation Fisher R, Radford B, Knowlton N, Brainard RE, Michaelis FB and Caley MJ (2011) Global mismatch between research effort and conservation needs of tropical coral reefs. Conservation Letters. 4: 64-72. en
dc.identifier.issn 1755-263X
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dc.description.abstract Tropical coral reefs are highly diverse and globally threatened. Management to ensure their persistence requires sound biological knowledge in regions where coral reef biodiversity and/or the threats to it are greatest. This paper uses a novel text analysis approach and Google Maps (TM) to examine the spatial coverage of scientific papers on coral reefs listed in Web of Science (R). Results show that research is highly clumped spatially, positively related to per capita gross domestic product, negatively related to coral species richness, and unrelated to threats to coral reefs globally; indicating a serious mismatch between conservation needs and the knowledge required for effective management. Greater research effort alone cannot guarantee better conservation outcomes, but given some regions of the world (e.g., Central Indo-Pacific) remain severely understudied, priority allocation of resources to fill such knowledge gaps should support greater adaptive management capacity through the development of an improved knowledge base for reef managers.
dc.description.sponsorship Funded by BHP Billiton through CReefs Australia (CReefs, Census of Marine Life). J. Ruxton assisted with compiling the literature database, M. Case assisted with geographic analyses and R. O'Leary provided statistical advice. S. Wilson, S. Kininmonth, M. Case, and M. Puotinen provided comments on the manuscript. R. F., M. J. C, N.K., and R. B. conceived the study, F. B. M. provided global context, B. R. assisted with geocoding and analyses, R. F. and M. J. C. led the writing of the manuscript; all authors contributed to writing and commenting on drafts. We thank P. Armsworth and two anonymous reviewers for their comments.
dc.description.uri en
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.relation.ispartof Conservation Letters - pages: 4: 64-72 en
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dc.subject Global Research
dc.subject Ocean
dc.subject Google Maps (tm)
dc.subject Priorities
dc.subject Biodiversity Conservation
dc.subject Climate-change
dc.subject Scientific Literature
dc.subject Marine Biodiversity
dc.subject Coral Triangle
dc.subject Biodiversity Hotspots
dc.subject Biological Knowledge
dc.subject Resilience
dc.subject Geocoding
dc.subject Biodiversity & Conservation
dc.subject Biological Conservation
dc.subject Ecosystems
dc.subject Web Of Science
dc.subject Coral Reefs
dc.subject Global Conservation
dc.title Global mismatch between research effort and conservation needs of tropical coral reefs
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00146.x
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000286986900008

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