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Seascape ecology: identifying research priorities for an emerging ocean sustainability science

Pittman, SJ, Yates, KL, Bouchet, PJ, Alvarez-Berastegui, D, Andrefouet, S, Bell, SS, Berkstrom, C, Bostrom, C, Brown, CJ, Connolly, RM, Devillers, R, Eggleston, D, Gilby, BL, Gullstrom, M, Halpern, BS, Hidalgo, M, Holstein, D, Hovel, K, Huettmann, F, Jackson, EL, James, WR, Kellner, JB, Kot, CY, Lecours, V, Lepczyk, C, Nagelkerken, I, Nelson, J, Olds, AD, Santos, RO, Scales, KL, Schneider, DC, Schilling, HT, Simenstad, C, Suthers, IM, Treml, Eric, Wedding, LM, Yates, P and Young, Mary 2021, Seascape ecology: identifying research priorities for an emerging ocean sustainability science, Marine ecology progress series, vol. 663, pp. 1-29, doi: 10.3354/meps13661.

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Title Seascape ecology: identifying research priorities for an emerging ocean sustainability science
Author(s) Pittman, SJ
Yates, KL
Bouchet, PJ
Alvarez-Berastegui, D
Andrefouet, S
Bell, SS
Berkstrom, C
Bostrom, C
Brown, CJ
Connolly, RM
Devillers, R
Eggleston, D
Gilby, BL
Gullstrom, M
Halpern, BS
Hidalgo, M
Holstein, D
Hovel, K
Huettmann, F
Jackson, EL
James, WR
Kellner, JB
Kot, CY
Lecours, V
Lepczyk, C
Nagelkerken, I
Nelson, J
Olds, AD
Santos, RO
Scales, KL
Schneider, DC
Schilling, HT
Simenstad, C
Suthers, IM
Treml, EricORCID iD for Treml, Eric orcid.org/0000-0003-4844-4420
Wedding, LM
Yates, P
Young, MaryORCID iD for Young, Mary orcid.org/0000-0001-7426-2343
Journal name Marine ecology progress series
Volume number 663
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Publisher Inter-Research
Place of publication [Halstenbek, Germany]
Publication date 2021-03-31
ISSN 0171-8630
1616-1599
Keyword(s) Connectivity
Ecology
Ecosystem-based management
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Marine & Freshwater Biology
Oceanography
Physical Sciences
Research priorities
Restoration
Science & Technology
Spatial patterns
Sustainability science
Summary Seascape ecology, the marine-centric counterpart to landscape ecology, is rapidly emerging as an interdisciplinary and spatially explicit ecological science with relevance to marine management, biodiversity conservation, and restoration. While important progress in this field has been made in the past decade, there has been no coherent prioritisation of key research questions to help set the future research agenda for seascape ecology. We used a 2-stage modified Delphi method to solicit applied research questions from academic experts in seascape ecology and then asked respondents to identify priority questions across 9 interrelated research themes using 2 rounds of selection. We also invited senior management/conservation practitioners to prioritise the same research questions. Analyses highlighted congruence and discrepancies in perceived priorities for applied research. Themes related to both ecological concepts and management practice, and those identified as priorities include seascape change, seascape connectivity, spatial and temporal scale, ecosystem-based management, and emerging technologies and metrics. Highest-priority questions (upper tercile) received 50% agreement between respondent groups, and lowest priorities (lower tercile) received 58% agreement. Across all 3 priority tiers, 36 of the 55 questions were within a ±10% band of agreement. We present the most important applied research questions as determined by the proportion of votes received. For each theme, we provide a synthesis of the research challenges and the potential role of seascape ecology. These priority questions and themes serve as a roadmap for advancing applied seascape ecology during, and beyond, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Language eng
DOI 10.3354/meps13661
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0405 Oceanography
0602 Ecology
0608 Zoology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30151612

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