Space use by fishes on coral reefs: establishment, fidelity and reef resilience

Streit, Robert Paul (2020) Space use by fishes on coral reefs: establishment, fidelity and reef resilience. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Robert Streit developed new approaches to study how fishes use space on coral reefs. He found that fish are unexpectedly flexible in where they live, but that their critical ecological functions are delivered far patchier than previously thought. This study provides new ways of monitoring coral reefs as they face a challenging future.

Item ID: 68050
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: animal tracking, coral reef fishes, coral reef resilience, functional diversity, functional group, grazing pressure, herbivory, homing behaviour, ontogeny, site attachment, site fidelity, space use, spatial resilience, structure-from-motion photogrammetry
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Robert Paul Streit.
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For this thesis, Robert Streit received the Dean's Award for Excellence 2021.

Three publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

Chapter 2: Streit, Robert P., and Bellwood, David R. (2017) High prevalence of homing behaviour among juvenile coral-reef fishes and the role of body size. Coral Reefs, 36 (4). pp. 1083-1095.

Chapter 3: Streit, Robert P., and Bellwood, David R. (2018) Strong homing does not predict high site fidelity in juvenile reef fishes. Coral Reefs, 37 (1). pp. 99-103.

Chapter 5: Streit, Robert P., Cumming, Graeme S., and Bellwood, David R. (2019) Patchy delivery of functions undermines functional redundancy in a high diversity system. Functional Ecology, 33 (6). pp. 1144-1155.

Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 02:44
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology @ 40%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410203 Ecosystem function @ 30%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 100%
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