Large-area imaging reveals biologically driven non-random spatial patterns of corals at a remote reef

Clinton B. Edwards, Yoan Eynaud, Gareth J. Williams, Nicole E. Pedersen, Brian J. Zgliczynski, Arthur C.R. Gleason, Jennifer E. Smith, Stuart A. Sandin. Read the full article here. For sessile organisms such as reef-building corals, differences in the degree of dispersion of individuals across a landscape may result from important differences in life-history strategies or may reflect patterns of habitat … Read More

Insights into coral reef benthic dynamics from nonlinear spatial forecasting

Dylan E. McNamara, Nick Cortale, Clinton Edwards, Yoan Eynaud, and Stuart A. Sandin Read the full article here. ABSTRACT: Nonlinear time-series forecasting, or empirical dynamic modelling, has been used extensively in the past two decades as a tool for distinguishing between random temporal behaviour and nonlinear deterministic dynamics. Previous authors have extended nonlinear time-series forecasting to continuous spatial data. Here, … Read More

Limited coral mortality following acute thermal stress and widespread bleaching on Palmyra Atoll, central Pacific

Michael D. Fox, Amanda L. Carter, Clinton B. Edwards, Yuichiro Takeshita, Maggie D. Johnson, Vid Petrovic, Corinne G. Amir, Enric Sala, Stuart A. Sandin, Jennifer E. Smith Read the full article here. ABSTRACT: During 2015–2016, an El Niño and associated warm water event caused widespread coral bleaching across the equatorial Pacific. Here, we combine 8 yr of benthic monitoring data from permanent photoquadrats with remotely sensed and in situ temperature measurements to assess the impact of the warming … Read More

The influence of habitat and adults on the spatial distribution of juvenile corals

Nicole E. Pedersen, Clinton B. Edwards, Yoan Eynaud, Arthur C. R. Gleason, Jennifer E. Smith and Stuart A. Sandin Read the full article here. Population distributions are affected by a variety of spatial processes, including dispersal, intraspecific dynamics and habitat selection. Within reef-building coral communities, these processes are especially important during the earliest life stages when reproduction provides mobility among … Read More

Curacao – Nov, 2015

Dates: November 13-21, 2015 Divers: Dr. Stuart Sandin, Dr. Brian Zgliczynski, Dr. Mark Vermeij Lead Organization: Waitt Institute Collaborators: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI), San Diego State University