Marine Hard Bottom Communities

Patterns, Dynamics, Diversity, and Change

  • Martin Wahl

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 206)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Habitat, Substrata and Communities

  3. Diversity Patterns and Their Causes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 74-79
    2. Jonne Kotta, Jon D. Witman
      Pages 89-99
    3. Antonio Terlizzi, David R. Schiel
      Pages 101-112
    4. Sharyn J. Goldstien, David R. Schiel
      Pages 113-125
    5. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
      Pages 127-141
  4. Community Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 144-147
    2. Ester A. Serrão, Jon Havenhand
      Pages 149-164
    3. Dustin J. Marshall, Craig Styan, Christopher D. McQuaid
      Pages 165-176
    4. Stuart R. Jenkins, Dustin Marshall, Simonetta Fraschetti
      Pages 177-190
    5. Josep-Maria Gili, Peter S. Petraitis
      Pages 191-200
    6. J. Timothy Wootton, Mathieu Cusson, Sergio Navarrete, Peter S. Petraitis
      Pages 201-212
    7. Laure M.-L.J. Noël, John N. Griffin, Paula S. Moschella, Stuart R. Jenkins, Richard C. Thompson, Stephen J. Hawkins
      Pages 213-223
    8. Markus Molis, Bernardo A.P. da Gama
      Pages 225-237

About this book


Marine hard bottoms feature some of the most spectacular and diverse biological communities on this planet. These not only contain a rich treasure of genetic, taxonomic and functional information but also deliver irreplaceable ecosystem services. At the same time, they are highly vulnerable and increasingly threatened by anthropogenic pressures. This volume has collected contributions by 50 scientists from numerous biogeographic regions, dealing with characteristics of hard bottom communities. Distributional patterns in space and time are described, followed by analyses of the intrinsic and extrinsic dynamics producing these patterns. A strong emphasis is placed on the ongoing changes occurring in the structure and diversity of these communities in response to spiralling environmental impacts, and on state-of-the-art countermeasures aiming to preserve these ecological treasures. Finally, various values of diversity are assessed, hopefully as an incentive for enhanced conservation efforts.


Biodiversity Ecology Species richness ecosystem ecosystem processes environment evolution reefs seasonal dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Wahl

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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-92703-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-92704-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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