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The Great Barrier Reef Biology, Environment and Management

By: Pat Hutchings(Editor), Michael J Kingsford(Editor), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg(Editor), Robert Hill(Foreword By)
466 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour maps
Publisher: CRC Press
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  • The Great Barrier Reef ISBN: 9780367174286 Edition: 2 Paperback Feb 2019 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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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.


1 Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef / P. A. Hutchings, M. J. Kingsford & O. Hoegh-Guldberg

Section 1: Nature of the reef
2 Geomorphology of Coral Reefs with Special Reference to the Great Barrier Reef / D. Hopley & S. Smithers
3 The Great Barrier Reef in Time and Space: Geology and Palaeobiology / J. M. Pandolfi & R. Kelley
4 Oceanography / M. J. Kingsford & E. Wolanski
5 Coral Reef Habitats and Assemblages / M. J. Kingsford, Mia Srinivasan & G.P. Jones
6 Seabed Environments, Habitats and Biological Assemblages / C. R. Pitcher, P. J. Doherty & T. J. Anderson
7 The Great Barrier Reef outer-shelf / T. C.L. Bridge, J. M. Webster, T. L. Sih, & P. Bongaerts
8 Primary Production, Nutrient Recycling and Energy Flow through Coral Reef Ecosystems / O. Hoegh-Guldberg & S. Dove
9 Calcification, Erosion and the Establishment of the Framework of Coral Reef / P. A. Hutchings, O. Hoegh-Guldberg & S. Dove

Section 2: Factors affecting the reef
10 Fisheries of the Great Barrier Reef / A. Chin, D. Cameron & R. Saunders
11 Disturbances and pressures to coral reefs / M. Pratchett and M. O. Hoogenboom
12 The Future of Coral Reefs in a Rapidly Changing World / O. Hoegh-Guldberg
13 Terrestrial Runoff to the Great Barrier Reef and the Implications for Its Long Term Ecological Status / J. Brodie & K. Fabricius
14 Planning and Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park / J. Day

Section 3: Overview of reef biodiversity and organisms
15 Biodiversity of organisms? / P. A. Hutchings & M. J. Kingsford
16 Plankton / M. J. Kingsford & A. D. McKinnon
17 Macroalgae / G. Diaz-Pulido
18 Mangroves and Seagrasses / N. C. Duke & A. W. D. Larkum
19 Sponges / J. N. A. Hooper
20 Pelagic Cnidaria and Ctenophora / L. Gershwin & M. J. Kingsford
21 Hexacorals 1: Sea Anemones and Anemone-like Animals (Actiniaria, Zoanthidea, Corallimorpharia, Ceriantharia and Antipatharia) / C. C. Wallace & A. L. Crowther
22 Hexacorals 2: Reef-building or Hard Corals (Scleractinia) including updates re concept of coral species / C. C. Wallace
23 Octocorals / P. Alderslade & K. Fabricius
24 Worms / P. A. Hutchings
25 Arthropoda: Crustaceans and Pycnogonids / S. T. Ahyong
26 Mollusca / R. C. Willan
27 Bryozoa / P.E. Bock & D.P. Gordon
28 Echinodermata / M. Byrne
29 Tunicata / M. Ekins
30 The Fish Assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef: Their Diversity and Origin / J. H. Choat, B. C. Russell & A. Chin
31 Marine Reptiles and Marine Mammals / H. Marsh, H. Heatwole & V. Lukoschek
32 Seabirds / B. Congdon

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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.

By: Pat Hutchings(Editor), Michael J Kingsford(Editor), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg(Editor), Robert Hill(Foreword By)
466 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour maps
Publisher: CRC Press
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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

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