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The influence of top-down and bottom-up forces on benthic reef community structure : an experimental assessment at Kewalo Basin, Oʻahu

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Title: The influence of top-down and bottom-up forces on benthic reef community structure : an experimental assessment at Kewalo Basin, Oʻahu
Authors: Ross, Michael C.
Keywords: coral reef
Kewalo Basin
Oahu
Issue Date: Aug 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2012]
Abstract: The aims of this study are to investigate the independent and simultaneous effects of reduced herbivory and elevated nutrients on benthic reef community structure on a degraded reef at the Kewalo Basin, Oʻahu. Further, this study will examine the effects of herbivore restoration on benthic community structure by re-exposing benthic communities to natural herbivore populations. More specifically, this study will test the following hypotheses: 1. Reduced herbivory (top-down forces) and elevated nutrients (bottom-up forces) will influence benthic community structure on a degraded reef on Oʻahu.
2. Benthic community trajectories can be reversed by restoring natural herbivory levels on a degraded reef.
Description: M.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101024
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