Local management actions can increase coral resilience to thermally-induced bleaching.

Published

Journal Article

Recent large-scale analyses suggest that local management actions may not protect coral reefs from climate change, yet most local threat-reduction strategies have not been tested experimentally. We show that removing coral predators is a common local action used by managers across the world, and that removing the corallivorous snail Coralliophila abbreviata from Caribbean brain corals (Pseudodiploria and Diploria species) before a major warming event increased coral resilience by reducing bleaching severity (resistance) and post-bleaching tissue mortality (recovery). Our results highlight the need for increased evaluation and identification of local interventions that improve coral reef resilience.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shaver, EC; Burkepile, DE; Silliman, BR

Published Date

  • July 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1075 - 1079

PubMed ID

  • 29915342

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29915342

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2397-334X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2397-334X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41559-018-0589-0

Language

  • eng