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dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Emily
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-19T17:21:51Z
dc.date.available2019-03-19T17:21:51Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/75336
dc.description.abstractArtificial reefs (ARs) increasingly are being deployed to mitigate damage to coral reef ecosystems from local anthropogenic stressors and climate change. Evaluating the efficacy of ARs in enhancing or sustaining reef assemblages is key to assessing their role in conservation or management. In this thesis, I review global patterns of AR deployment and monitoring in coral ecosystems, and evaluate their success in achieving conservation objectives. I also present results of a 13-month field experiment that compared patterns of colonization on settlement collectors (ceramic tiles) on ARs and natural reefs at Eilat, Gulf of Aqaba. I found that the composition of algal and invertebrate colonists differed with collector aspect (top or underside) and between reef types (ARs vs. natural reef) in shaded microhabitats (undersides). Invertebrate biomass also tended to be greater on ARs than natural reefs, suggesting that ARs can potentially enhance the abundance of certain reef-associated assemblages.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectcoral reefsen_US
dc.subjectcolonizationen_US
dc.subjectartificial reefsen_US
dc.subjectbenthic invertebratesen_US
dc.subjectcommunity ecologyen_US
dc.subjectconservation biologyen_US
dc.titleARTIFICIAL REEFS AS A PLATFORM FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMSen_US
dc.date.defence2019-03-08
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Biologyen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorSophia Stoneen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerSandra Waldeen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerChristophe Herbingeren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorRobert Scheiblingen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorAnna Metaxasen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsYesen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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