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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Christopher J
dc.contributor.authorHarborne, Alastair R
dc.contributor.authorParis, Claire B
dc.contributor.authorMumby, Peter J
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-27T03:18:59Z
dc.date.available2018-08-27T03:18:59Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn0012-9658
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/ecy.1463
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/173575
dc.description.abstractThe connectivity of marine organisms among habitat patches has been dominated by two independent paradigms with distinct conservation strategies. One paradigm is the dispersal of larvae on ocean currents, which suggests networks of marine reserves. The other is the demersal migration of animals from nursery to adult habitats, requiring the conservation of connected ecosystem corridors. Here, we suggest that a common driver, wave exposure, links larval and demersal connectivity across the seascape. To study the effect of linked connectivities on fish abundance at reefs, we parameterize a demographic model for The Bahamas seascape using maps of habitats, empirically forced models of wave exposure and spatially realistic three-dimensional hydrological models of larval dispersal. The integrated empirical-modeling approach enabled us to study linked connectivity on a scale not currently possible by purely empirical studies. We find sheltered environments not only provide greater nursery habitat for juvenile fish but larvae spawned on adjacent reefs have higher retention, thereby creating a synergistic increase in fish abundance. Uniting connectivity paradigms to consider all life stages simultaneously can help explain the evolution of nursery habitat use and simplifies conservation advice: Reserves in sheltered environments have desirable characteristics for biodiversity conservation and can support local fisheries through adult spillover.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom2447
dc.relation.ispartofpageto2457
dc.relation.ispartofissue9
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEcology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume97
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMarine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcological Applications
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEvolutionary Biology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode060205
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0501
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0603
dc.titleUniting paradigms of connectivity in marine ecology
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.rights.copyright© 2016 Ecological Society of America. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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gro.griffith.authorBrown, Chris J.


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