Linking habitat mosaics and connectivity in a coral reef seascape

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/562316
Title:
Linking habitat mosaics and connectivity in a coral reef seascape
Authors:
McMahon, Kelton ( 0000-0002-9648-4614 ) ; Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 ) ; Thorrold, Simon R.
Abstract:
Tropical marine ecosystems are under mounting anthropogenic pressure from overfishing and habitat destruction, leading to declines in their structure and function on a global scale. Although maintaining connectivity among habitats within a seascape is necessary for preserving population resistance and resilience, quantifying movements of individuals within seascapes remains challenging. Traditional methods of identifying and valuing potential coral reef fish nursery habitats are indirect, often relying on visual surveys of abundance and correlations of size and biomass among habitats. We used compound-specific stable isotope analyses to determine movement patterns of commercially important fish populations within a coral reef seascape. This approach allowed us to quantify the relative contributions of individuals from inshore nurseries to reef populations and identify migration corridors among important habitats. Our results provided direct measurements of remarkable migrations by juvenile snapper of over 30 km, between nurseries and reefs. We also found significant plasticity in juvenile nursery residency. Although a majority of individuals on coastal reefs had used seagrass nurseries as juveniles, many adults on oceanic reefs had settled directly into reef habitats. Moreover, seascape con figuration played a critical but heretofore unrecognized role in determining connectivity among habitats. Finally, our approach provides key quantitative data necessary to estimate the value of distinctive habitats to ecosystem services provided by seascapes.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Marine Science Program; Reef Ecology Lab
Publisher:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Issue Date:
4-Sep-2012
DOI:
10.1073/pnas.1206378109
PubMed ID:
22949665
PubMed Central ID:
PMC3458395
Type:
Article
ISSN:
00278424
Sponsors:
We thank L. Houghton for laboratory assistance; C. Braun for creating the site map; E. P. Oberlander for generating the seascape connectivity diagram; Dream Divers, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for boat and dive operation assistance; and two anonymous reviewers for comments on the manuscript. This research was based on work supported by Awards USA 00002 and KSA 00011 from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; additional funding was provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and an International Society for Reef Studies-Ocean Conservancy Coral Reef Fellowship. K.W.M. received support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3458395
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Marine Science Program; Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Keltonen
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.contributor.authorThorrold, Simon R.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T10:00:34Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T10:00:34Zen
dc.date.issued2012-09-04en
dc.identifier.issn00278424en
dc.identifier.pmid22949665en
dc.identifier.doi10.1073/pnas.1206378109en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562316en
dc.description.abstractTropical marine ecosystems are under mounting anthropogenic pressure from overfishing and habitat destruction, leading to declines in their structure and function on a global scale. Although maintaining connectivity among habitats within a seascape is necessary for preserving population resistance and resilience, quantifying movements of individuals within seascapes remains challenging. Traditional methods of identifying and valuing potential coral reef fish nursery habitats are indirect, often relying on visual surveys of abundance and correlations of size and biomass among habitats. We used compound-specific stable isotope analyses to determine movement patterns of commercially important fish populations within a coral reef seascape. This approach allowed us to quantify the relative contributions of individuals from inshore nurseries to reef populations and identify migration corridors among important habitats. Our results provided direct measurements of remarkable migrations by juvenile snapper of over 30 km, between nurseries and reefs. We also found significant plasticity in juvenile nursery residency. Although a majority of individuals on coastal reefs had used seagrass nurseries as juveniles, many adults on oceanic reefs had settled directly into reef habitats. Moreover, seascape con figuration played a critical but heretofore unrecognized role in determining connectivity among habitats. Finally, our approach provides key quantitative data necessary to estimate the value of distinctive habitats to ecosystem services provided by seascapes.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank L. Houghton for laboratory assistance; C. Braun for creating the site map; E. P. Oberlander for generating the seascape connectivity diagram; Dream Divers, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for boat and dive operation assistance; and two anonymous reviewers for comments on the manuscript. This research was based on work supported by Awards USA 00002 and KSA 00011 from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; additional funding was provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and an International Society for Reef Studies-Ocean Conservancy Coral Reef Fellowship. K.W.M. received support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.en
dc.publisherProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3458395en
dc.subjectAmino aciden
dc.subjectLutjanus ehrenbergiien
dc.subjectMangroves and seagrassen
dc.subjectOtolithsen
dc.subjectRed Seaen
dc.titleLinking habitat mosaics and connectivity in a coral reef seascapeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Programen
dc.contributor.departmentReef Ecology Laben
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesen
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3458395en
dc.contributor.institutionBiology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, United Statesen
kaust.authorMcMahon, Keltonen
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en

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