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The iconic and beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. With contributions from international experts, this timely and fully updated second edition of The Great Barrier Reef describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, as well as the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them. It contains new chapters on shelf slopes and fisheries and addresses pressing issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and disease, and invasive species. The Great Barrier Reef is a must-read for the interested reef tourist, student, researcher and environmental manager. While it has an Australian focus, it can equally be used as a reference text for most Indo-Pacific coral reefs.
- Nature of the Reef
- Factors affecting the Reef
- Overview of reef biodiversity and organisms
Pat Hutchings is a Senior Fellow at the Australian Museum Research Institute, having retired in 2016 as a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. She has spent her research career working on the systematics and ecology of polychaetes, especially on coral reefs. As well as publishing extensively, she is an active member of the Australian Coral Reef Society, which recognised her contributions through honorary life membership.
Michael Kingsford is a Distinguished Professor in the Marine Biology and Aquaculture group of the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. He has over 30 years' research experience on the Great Barrier Reef and has published extensively on the ecology of reef fishes, jellyfishes, biological oceanography and climate change. He is also a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovative Coral Reef Studies.
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. An internationally recognised expert in his field, he has published extensively on the ecology of coral reefs and has contributed to reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has received numerous prizes including a Eureka Prize, Thomson Reuters Citation Award, an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship and the Climate Change Prize from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Review of the first edition:
"The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the world's largest and best-known coral reef [...] . This book [...] provide an up-to-date account of GBR ecology for academics, professionals, and the informed public. [...] All institutions that offer courses in marine biology should have copies in their libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, professional, and general collections."
– J. C. Briggs, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009