The ecological and economic implications of larval dispersal in reef fish communities – Michael Bode

To maintain coral reef biodiversity and sustainably manage fish populations, we must understand the larval dispersal that connects fish populations on separate reefs. Although computational and genetic breakthroughs now allow us to measure the movement of larval (newly spawned juvenile fish), new analytic techniques will be needed to transform this extraordinarily complex data into ecological insights, and into practical management strategies. I will discuss how mathematical tools can help us to understand how dispersal will influence the structure of coral reef ecosystems, and how dispersal structure will interact with the spatial scale of human management systems to influence the local ecology and economy.


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