The Biology of Coral Reefs

Paperback | July 25, 2009

byCharles R.C. Sheppard, Simon K. Davy, Graham M. Pilling

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Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of income for millions of people. However, the combined effects of human activity have led to a rapid decline in the health of reefs worldwide, with many now facing completedestruction. This timely book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of 'boxes' on specific aspects written by internationally recognised experts. As with other books in the Biology of HabitatsSeries, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate this marine environment although pollution, conservation, climate change, and experimental aspects are also included. Indeed, particular emphasis is placed on conservation and management due to the habitat's critically endangeredstatus. A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance.This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology. It is particularly suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students (in departments of biology, geography, and environmental science) taking courses incoral reef ecology, marine biology, oceanography and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic. It will also be of relevance and use to reef managers, recreational divers, and amateur naturalists.

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Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of income for millions of people. However, the combined effects of human activity have led to a rapid decline in the health of reefs worldwide, with many now facing completedestruction. This timely book provides an integra...

Prof Charles Sheppard has spent 35 years researching the ecology of coral reefs and their role in supporting coastal communities. He is interested especially in effects of pollution and climate change on tropical marine systems, and has been Editor of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin for 15 years. Dr. Simon Davy is a s...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198566360

ISBN - 13:9780198566366

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Table of Contents

1. Coral Reefs - Biodiverse and Productive Tropical Ecosystems2. The Main Reef Builders and Space Occupiers3. The Abiotic Environment4. Symbiotic Interactions5. Microbial, Microalgal and Planktonic Reef Life6. Reef Fishes: Feeding and Food Chains7. Reef Fisheries and Reef Aquaculture8. Coral Reefs in the Modern World9. Consequences to Reefs of Changing Environmental Stress10. The Future, Human Population and ManagementReferencesIndex