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Mid-Holocene coral community data as baselines for understanding contemporary reef ecological states

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Dept Environm & Geog Sci
dc.contributor Sch Earth & Environm Sci
dc.contributor Natural History Museum London
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Manchester Metropolitan Univ
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Nat Hist Museum
dc.contributor Manchester Metropolitan University
dc.contributor Dept Palaeontol
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en THOMPSON, ANGUS A. ROCHE, RONAN C. PERRY, CHRIS T. JOHNSON, KENNETH G. SULTANA, KERRY SMITHERS, SCOTT G. 2017-03-21T01:23:13Z 2017-03-21T01:23:13Z 2013-02-28T06:51:10Z 2019-07-08T02:20:22Z 2013-02-28T06:51:10Z 2017-03-21T01:23:13Z 2013-02-28T06:51:10Z 2019-07-08T02:20:22Z 2011-01-01
dc.identifier 8728 en
dc.identifier.citation Roche RC, Perry CT, Johnson KG, Sultana K, Smithers SG and Thompson AA (2011) Mid-Holocene coral community data as baselines for understanding contemporary reef ecological states. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology. 299: 159-167. en
dc.identifier.issn 0031-0182
dc.description Link to abstract/full text - en
dc.description.abstract Land-use changes and associated deteriorations in water quality are cited as major drivers of marine ecosystem change, and can modify community abundance and diversity on coral reefs. This study uses palaeoecological data derived from a mid-Holocene age coral reef in the Wet Tropics region of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to develop a record of coral community composition and diversity, from a period that significantly pre-dates European settlement in the region. Major changes in catchment sediment and nutrient yields since European settlement have been documented, and thus the data presented provides a baseline against which to compare contemporary ecological datasets. Natural variations in coral assemblage composition, as preserved in core records, clearly occurred in this mid-Holocene reef and were associated with the reef shallowing to sea level as it accreted vertically. Comparisons between modern and mid-Holocene coral community data from equivalent water depths did not reveal marked shifts in coral community composition and diversity, suggesting the long-term persistence of a resilient coral assemblage over these time periods. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.description.sponsorship This work has been supported by an MMU/Natural History Museum (UK) Studentship Award to RR, by a UK NERC Grant (NE/F01077X/1) to CTP, KGJ and SGS, and a Leverhulme Fellowship Award (RF/4/RFG/2007/0106) to CTP. RR gratefully acknowledges the support received from an International Association of Sedimentologists Postgraduate award.
dc.description.uri en
dc.language en en
dc.language English
dc.relation.ispartof Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology - pages: 299: 159-167 en
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dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Species Richness
dc.subject Corals
dc.subject Holocene
dc.subject Physical Geography
dc.subject Disturbance
dc.subject River
dc.subject Turn-off
dc.subject Accumulation
dc.subject Reef Growth
dc.subject Inner-shelf
dc.subject Paleontology
dc.subject Record
dc.subject Trajectories
dc.subject Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
dc.subject Community Ecology
dc.subject Geography, Physical
dc.subject Geology
dc.subject Coral Reefs
dc.subject Great Barrier Reef
dc.subject Ecosystem Stability
dc.subject Phase-shifts
dc.title Mid-Holocene coral community data as baselines for understanding contemporary reef ecological states
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.10.043
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000287051700013

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