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Implications of climate change for macrophytic rafts and their hitchhikers

Macreadie,PI, Bishop,MJ and Booth,DJ 2011, Implications of climate change for macrophytic rafts and their hitchhikers, Marine ecology progress series, vol. 443, pp. 285-292, doi: 10.3354/meps09529.

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Title Implications of climate change for macrophytic rafts and their hitchhikers
Author(s) Macreadie,PIORCID iD for Macreadie,PI orcid.org/0000-0001-7362-0882
Bishop,MJ
Booth,DJ
Journal name Marine ecology progress series
Volume number 443
Start page 285
End page 292
Total pages 8
Publisher Inter-Research
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publication date 2011-12-20
ISSN 0171-8630
Keyword(s) Climate change
Connectivity
Dispersal
Drifting
Macroalgae
Rafting
Range
Seagrass
Summary Most models predicting changes to species distributions under future climate scenarios ignore dispersal processes, despite their importance in determining community structure in both terrestrial and aquatic systems ('supply-side ecology'). In the marine environment, facilitation of long-distance dispersal of coastal organisms by macrophytic rafts may be severely modified by climate impacts on raft supply, quality, and persistence, and on transport processes. Increasing storminess in the coastal zone, higher water temperatures, and changes in water circulation represent some of the key mechanisms that will directly affect rafts, while increases in herbivore metabolism due to higher water temperatures are likely to indirectly reduce raft longevity through raft consumption. Accurate predictions of climate impacts on coastal biodiversity will be con - tingent on resolution of factors influencing rafting so that this and other dispersal mechanisms can be incorporated into species distribution models. © 2011 Inter-Research.
Language eng
DOI 10.3354/meps09529
Field of Research 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)
Socio Economic Objective 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069781

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