Stochastic nature of larval dispersal at sea

Saenz-Agudelo, Pablo, and Harrison, Hugo B. (2021) Stochastic nature of larval dispersal at sea. Molecular Ecology, 30 (10). pp. 2197-2198.

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The movement of individuals across landscapes remains a fundamental process in population and community ecology. All species have developed a capacity to disperse but this process remains elusive in organisms with complex life-cycles, and none more so than in the marine environment. Here, most organisms have developed a two-phased life-cycle, leaving the risky business of dispersing through the open ocean to their very small and intractable larval offspring. To this day, quantifying dispersal patterns in marine seascapes remains a significant challenge, and yet it is critical to the way we preserve marine ecosystems and the services they provide. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Catalano et al. (2021) present one of the first longitudinal studies to demonstrate the stochastic nature of larval dispersal. Their work challenges some of our current ideas about marine population connectivity and provides new methodological insights to study its temporal dimension.

Item ID: 70412
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1365-294X
Copyright Information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 03:31
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410203 Ecosystem function @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180599 Marine systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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