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Life and Death of Coral Reefs

Edited By: C Birkeland

536 pages, B/w photos & illus, figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #24094 | ISBN: 0412035413
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About this book

Focuses on the key processes that govern the structure and function of coral-reef communities. The factors that shift the balance from growth to deterioration occur at all levels, from the cellular level to those taking place over geological time. This book presents an oganized account of these factors at all levels, how they interact, and how they are affected by human activities. A new model for ecosystem management is presented for the coral-reef ecosystem that is heuristic for managing the biosphere.

What sets it apart is that the editor, Chuck Birkeland, has charged his distinguished group of seventeen contributors with examining the ebb and flow of life on reefs, and how this can be affected by people. - Reef Encounter, JUly 1997


Reefs and Earth history, Pamela Hallock-Muller; Reefs as dynamic geological formations, Dennis Hubbard; Bioersosion and coral-reef growth: a dynamic balance, Peter W. Glynn; Interactions between corals and their symbiotic algae, Gisele Muller-Parker and C.F. D'Elia; Diseases of coral-reef organisms, Esther C. Peters; Organic production and decomposition, Bruce G. Hatcher; Coral reproduction and recruitment, Robert H. Richmond; Invertebrate predators and grazers, Robert C. Carpenter; Effects of reef fishes on coral and algae, Mark Hixon; Indirect interactions in the reef community, Steven C. Pennings; Geographical variation in ecological processes on coral reefs, Charles Birkeland; Interactions among coastal ecosystems, John C. Ogden; Biodiversity, Gustav Paulay; Disturbances to reefs in recent times, Barbara E. Brown; Traditional coral-reef fisheries management, Robert E. Johannes; Resource use, conflicts and management solutions, Gregor Hodgson.

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