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  • 2020

    Tongan socio-environmental spatial layers for marine ecosystem management

    Smallhorn-West, Patrick F., Sophie E. Gordon, Alexandra C. Dempsey, Sam J. Purkis, Siola’a Malimali, Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi, Paul C. Southgate, Tom C. L. Bridge, Robert L. Pressey, and Geoffrey P. Jones. Tongan socio-environmental spatial layers for marine. ecosystem management. Pacific Conservation Biology. 26, 1–7.

    In order to help Tonga manage their marine resources, scientists used data compiled on the Global Reef Expedition to assemble a marine socio-environmental dataset covering Tonga’s near-shore marine ecosystem. The dataset consists of 11 environmental and 6 anthropogenic map layers overlaid across the near-shore marine ecosystem of Tonga.

  • 2019

    National-scale marine bioregions for the Southwest Pacific

    This scientific paper, by KSLOF scientists Alex Dempsey and Sam Purkis, shows how they used data-based methods to develop the first comprehensive oceanic and marine bioregions for the South Pacific. These marine bioregions enable the design of ecologically representative national marine protected areas in Pacific nations.

  • 2019

    High-resolution habitat and bathymetry maps for 65,000 sq. km of Earth’s remotest coral reefs

    A study from scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami offers a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. Using this new method, the scientists mapped over 65,000 km2 of coral reefs and surrounding habitats--by far the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps ever made.

  • 2019

    Diversity and Structure of Parrotfish Assemblages across the Northern Great Barrier Reef

    A study of the structure and diversity of parrotfish assemblages across the Northern Great Barrier Reef.

  • 2019

    Modeling environmentally-mediated variation in reef coral physiology

    Increases in seawater temperature associated with global climate change are breaking down the mutualistic relationship between reef-building corals and the symbiotic dinoflagellates that reside within their cells. This work sought to uncover the environmental factors that contribute most to observed spatio-temporal variation in coral physiology and devise means of detecting anomalous behavior in field corals.

  • 2018

    A statistical platform for evaluating coral health in an era of changing global climate

    Given the significant threats against coral reef ecosystems, there is an urgent need to develop the capacity to make predictions as to which coral reefs are most stress-susceptible, as well as which are most resilient.

  • 2018

    Bottom-up processes mediated by social systems drive demographic traits of coral-reef fishes

    We surveyed dichromatic parrotfishes across the northern Great Barrier Reef to examine variation in body size distributions against hypotheses of directional influence from biotic and abiotic factors. Across sites, body size was predictably linked to variation in temperature and productivity, but the strongest predictor was whether subpopulations occurred at sheltered mid and inner shelf reefs or at wave-exposed outer shelf reef systems.