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Marine Ecosystems: Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services

Features contributions from leading researchers, providing a current synthesis of key concepts for understanding human impacts on marine ecosystems and for environmental decision-making based on ecosystem services
Links knowledge of human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with research into ecosystem services, integrating two historically separate areas
Covers all major human activities and pressures on coastal marine ecosystems, including fisheries, aquaculture, chemical contaminants and invasive species, enabling readers to assess trade-offs on the basis of available scientific evidence

Series: Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

By: Tasman P Crowe (Editor), Christopher LJ Frid (Editor)

405 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 33 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 17 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2015 | #219329 | ISBN-13: 9781107675087
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Hardback | Jun 2015 | #219328 | ISBN-13: 9781107037670
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About this book

Ecosystem services are emerging as a key driver of conservation policy and environmental management. Delivery of ecosystem services depends on the efficient functioning of ecosystems, which in turn depends on biodiversity and environmental conditions. Many marine ecosystems are extremely productive and highly valued, but they are increasingly threatened by human activities. With contributions from leading researchers, Marine Ecosystems: Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services synthesises current understanding of the effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning caused by a variety of human activities and pressures at play in coastal marine ecosystems. The authors examine the likely consequences for ecosystem service provision, covering key topics including fisheries, aquaculture, physical structures, nutrients, chemical contaminants, marine debris and invasive species. Critically reviewing the latest developments, this is a unique resource both for environmental managers and policy makers and for researchers and students in marine ecology and environmental management.


List of contributors

Part I. Key Concepts:
1. Introduction Tasman Crowe, Melanie Austen and Christopher L. J. Frid
2. Ecosystem services and benefits from marine ecosystems Melanie Austen, Caroline Hattam and Tobias Börger
3. Assessing human impacts on marine ecosystems Christopher L. J. Frid and Tasman Crowe
4. Modifiers of impacts on marine ecosystems: disturbance regimes, multiple stressors and receiving environments Devin Lyons, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Christopher L. J. Frid and Rolf Vinebrooke
5. Impacts of changing biodiversity on marine ecosystem functioning Tasman Crowe

Part II. Impacts of Human Activities and Pressures:
6. Marine fisheries and aquaculture Odette Paramor and Christopher L. J. Frid
7. Artificial physical structures Fabio Bulleri and Gee Chapman
8. Eutrophication: impacts of nutrient and organic enrichment Samuli Korpinen and Erik Bonsdorff
9. Pollution: effects of chemical contaminants and debris Emma Johnston and Mariana Mayer-Pinto
10. Invasions by non-indigenous species Mads Solgaard Thomsen, Thomas Wernberg and David Schiel

Part III. Synthesis and Conclusions:
11. Human activities and ecosystem service use: impacts and trade-offs Melanie Austen, Caroline Hattam and Samantha Garrard
12. Conclusions Tasman Crowe, Dave Raffaelli and Christopher L. J. Frid


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Tasman P. Crowe is Associate Dean of Science and a member of the Earth Institute and the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin. He has undertaken research in Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Ireland, the UK and continental Europe, studying individual and combined impacts of a range of stressors on marine benthic habitats, particularly rocky shores, and field-based testing of biomonitoring tools.

Christopher L. J. Frid is Professor of Marine Biology and Head of the Griffith School of Environment at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. A benthic ecologist by background, his research has sought to understand how marine ecosystems function and how human impacts alter the dynamics of these systems. He has worked in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as in Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.

- Tasman Crowe
- Melanie Austen
- Christopher L. J. Frid
- Caroline Hattam
- Tobias Börger
- Devin Lyons
- Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
- Rolf Vinebrooke
- Odette Paramor
- Fabio Bulleri
- Gee Chapman
- Samuli Korpinen
- Erik Bonsdorff
- Emma Johnston
- Mariana Mayer-Pinto
- Mads Solgaard Thomsen
- Thomas Wernberg
- David Schiel
- Samantha Garrard
- Dave Raffaelli


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