Study and conservation of marine biodiversity in Indonesian reefs Clara Serra,Marco Segre Reinach,Yurij Barrettara and Marco Baj Coral Eye,Indonesian reef research out post

submitted by: Marco_Segre

High level of biodiversity means plenty  variety of species, high resilience and many ecological, cultural and economic  advantages.
The Italian-Indonesian group Coral Eye, thanks to the past cooperation with Italian University “Politecnica delle Marche”, realized in 2010 the first campus “Mata Karang”. The aim of the campus is to provide on- site the perfect instrument for all scientists involved in the study and preservation of biodiversity in coral reef ecosystem.

Cetaceans, are they mammals or fish? Our point of view

submitted by: Carmen_Arija
One of the current goals of Conservation Biology is the education of human society so that people establish relationships with nature depending on their culture. In this paper we began to explore the knowledge about cetaceans that Spanish urban society has. To do this, 411 people of different sex, ages, professions, educational levels and cities in Spain, were surveyed considering basic characteristics of cetaceans like "being a mammal" or "breathing through lungs". Our results show that...

Predicting the likely distribution of the invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in a Norwegian fjord

submitted by: Pia_Norling
The invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas has since 2007 established populations in Norwegian waters. The origin of C. gigas found in Norway is unknown, but several plausible factors such as unusually warm water temperatures and persistent westerly winds during 2006 may have caused an inflow of larvae from the Danish Wadden Sea. The species is known to drastically change blue mussel beds and soft bottom areas into massive oyster reefs with negative impact on birds and other marine...

Local extinction risk of Acropora at Koh Kood, Thailand

submitted by: Thamasak_Yeemin
There are many shallow coral reefs and coral communities on pinnacles around Koh Kood, Trat Province and its vicinity where are located near the borderline between Thailand and Cambodia, in the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand. Coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand suffered a severe and extensive mass bleaching phenomenon in the summer months of 2010 and most coral taxa were affected in different levels of severity. Bleaching levels were relatively high at the eastern Gulf of Thailand....

Long-term change in zooplankton functional diversity in the western subarctic North Pacific

submitted by: Sanae_Chiba

Spatio-temporal variation in zooplankton community structure in the western subarctic North Pacific based on the historically collected zooplankton samples for 1960s - 2000, the Odate Collection, was investigated in relation to decadal climatic and hydrographic variations. Species and size structure of copepods in the region varied well responding the decadal dynamics of the subarctic and subtropical oceanic currents, Oyashio and Kuroshio, respectively.

Predicting patterns of algal beta diversity on shallow, temperate reefs.

submitted by: Nicole_Hill

Beta diversity, the variation in species composition among sites within a region, is a key concept for conserving and managing biodiversity. However, beta-diversity is rarely studied across the large spatial scales relevant for management, particularly in the marine environment.