Context dependence: a conceptual approach for understanding the habitat relationships of Coastal Marine Fauna

Bradley, Michael, Nagelkerken, Ivan, Baker, Ronald, and Sheaves, Marcus (2020) Context dependence: a conceptual approach for understanding the habitat relationships of Coastal Marine Fauna. BioScience, 70 (11). pp. 986-1004.

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Abstract

Coastal habitats, such as seagrasses, mangroves, rocky and coral reefs, salt marshes, and kelp forests, sustain many key fish and invertebrate populations around the globe. Our understanding of how animals use these broadly defined habitat types is typically derived from a few well-studied regions and is often extrapolated to similar habitats elsewhere. As a result, a working understanding of their habitat importance is often based on information derived from other regions and environmental contexts. Contexts such as tidal range, rainfall, and local geomorphology may fundamentally alter animal-habitat relationships, and there is growing evidence that broadly defined habitat types such as "mangroves"or "salt marsh"may show predictable spatial and temporal variation in habitat function in relation to these environmental drivers. In the present article, we develop a framework for systematically examining contextual predictability to define the geographic transferability of animal-habitat relationships, to guide ongoing research, conservation, and management actions in these systems.

Item ID: 66649
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1525-3244
Keywords: context, fauna, habitat, setting, transferability
Copyright Information: © 2020 The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Strategic Research Investment Fund Grant
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 04:27
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180201 Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems @ 100%
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