Ecological Connectivity among Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

  • Ivan Nagelkerken

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ivan Nagelkerken
    Pages 1-6
  3. Biogeochemical Linkages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Stephen E. Davis, Diego Lirman, Jeffrey R. Wozniak
      Pages 9-43
    3. Steven Bouillon, Rod M. Connolly
      Pages 45-70
  4. Ecological Linkages

  5. Tools for Studying Ecological and Biogeochemical Linkages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Thorsten Dittmar, Boris Koch, Rudolf Jaffé
      Pages 425-455
    3. Rikki Grober-Dunsmore, Simon J. Pittman, Chris Caldow, Matthew S. Kendall, Thomas K. Frazer
      Pages 493-530
  6. Management and Socio-economic Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 531-531
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 1-9

About this book


Mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and coral reefs are circumtropical ecosystems that are highly productive, and provide many important biological functions and economic services. These ecosystems cover large surface areas in the shallow tropical coastal seascape but have suffered from serious human degradation, especially in the last few decades. Part of their diversity, productivity, and functioning seems to be based on their juxtaposition. Especially in the last decade significant advances have been made on new insights into their ecological connectivity. This authoritative book provides a first-time comprehensive review of the major ecological interactions across tropical marine ecosystems that result from the mutual exchange of nutrients, organic matter, fish, and crustaceans. A group of leading authors from around the world reviews the patterns and underlying mechanisms of important biogeochemical and biological linkages among tropical coastal ecosystems in 15 chapters. Included are chapters that review cutting-edge tools to study and quantify these linkages, the importance of such linkages for fisheries, and how tropical ecosystems should be conserved and managed for sustainable use by future generations. The book uses examples from all over the world and provides an up-to-date review of the latest published literature. This book is a ‘must read’ for professionals working on the conservation, management, and ecology of mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems.


Coral reef fishes Decapods Ecology Ecosystems Interactions Mangrove Tropical coastal habitats ecosystem ecosystems reefs

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivan Nagelkerken
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Science, Dept. Animal Ecology & EcophysiologyRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenNetherlands

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