Coral Reefs of the Eastern Tropical Pacific: Persistence and by Peter W. Glynn, Derek P. Manzello, Ian C. Enochs

By Peter W. Glynn, Derek P. Manzello, Ian C. Enochs

This booklet files and examines the kingdom of wellbeing and fitness of coral reefs within the jap tropical Pacific zone. It touches at the incidence of coral reefs within the waters of surrounding international locations, and it explores their biogeography, biodiversity and situation relative to the El Niño southern oscillation and human affects. also contained inside of is a box that offers details on a number of the species offered within the previous chapters.

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In Durham’s (1966) last systematic study, he lamented that corals were collected only incidentally during the Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions. He offered the prescient conclusion that “… much is yet to be learned about the eastern Pacific coral fauna”. The Tenth Expedition of Velero III, to the outer coast of Baja California (Cedros Island) in 1941, was the last engaged in Latin American studies. Velero III was replaced by Velero IV after the Second World War with a new research focus in the temperate and subarctic waters from California to Alaska (1948–1985).

The seventh congress was successfully convened in 2013 at Mérida, Yucatán, organized by UNAM and CINVESTAV (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados). And a 10-year celebration was successfully conveved by SOMAC in 2015 at Puerto Vallarta, with an opening review of coral reef research in Mexico by Héctor Reyes Bonilla. Coastal and offshore marine research in Mexico has benefitted from national ship support and governmental and non-governmental funding organizations. El Puma, a national oceanographic vessel operated by UNAM, began supporting research off the Pacific coast in 1981.

Feeding observations and quantification of the effects of the echinoid corallivore Eucidaris galapagensis in limiting coral growth were also ecologically significant findings in these early initiatives (Glynn et al. 1979). The very strong 1982–83 El Niño had a devastating effect on Galápagos coral communities and island-wide marine life (Robinson and del Pino 1985; Glynn et al. 1988; Glynn 1990). Coral cover suffered 95–99 % mortality at most 1 History of Eastern Pacific Coral Reef Research Fig. 17 Gerard M.

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