Methods matter in repeating ocean acidification studies

Munday, Philip L., Dixson, Danielle, Welch, Megan J., Chivers, Douglas P., Domenici, Paolo, Grosell, Martin, Heuer, Rachael M., Jones, Geoffrey P., McCormick, Mark I., Meekan, Mark, Nilsson, Göran E., Ravasi, Timothy, and Watson, Sue-Ann (2020) Methods matter in repeating ocean acidification studies. Nature, 586. E20-E24.

            A read-only version of this article is available by courtesy of the publisher at https://rdcu.be/b8PTq.
[img] PDF (Published version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2803-x
7


Abstract

[Extract:] In their study, Clark et al. suggest that previous studies on the effects of elevated levels of CO2 on the behaviour of coral reef fishes are not repeatable and that ocean acidification does not impair the behaviour of coral reef fishes, even though six significant behavioural effects were detected in their study, each of which was dismissed for a different reason. They then compare the means and variances of six previous ocean acidification studies in fish with a data distribution that is derived from a multi-species compilation of their own data to conclude that the results of previous studies are statistically improbable. However, Clark et al. did not closely repeat previous studies, as they did not replicate key species, used different life stages and ecological histories and changed methods in important ways that reduce the likelihood of detecting the effects of ocean acidification.

Item ID: 64765
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-4687
Keywords: climate-change ecology; marine biology
Related URLs:
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited 2020
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 05:44
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 70%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page