Marine Metapopulations

1st Edition

Authors: Jacob Kritzer Peter Sale
Print ISBN: 9780124111141
eBook ISBN: 9780080454719
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th April 2006
Page Count: 576
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Technological improvements have greatly increased the ability of marine scientists to collect and analyze data over large spatial scales, and the resultant insights attainable from interpreting those data vastly increase understanding of poplation dynamics, evolution and biogeography. Marine Metapopulations provides a synthesis of existing information and understanding, and frames the most important future directions and issues.

Key Features

  • First book to systematically apply metapopulation theory directly to marine systems Contributions from leading international ecologists and fisheries biologists Perspectives on a broad array of marine organisms and ecosystems, from coastal estuaries to shallow reefs to deep-sea hydrothermal vents Critical science for improved management of marine resources Paves the way for future research on large-scale spatial ecology of marine systems


Marine researchers, natural resource managers, marine and terrestrial ecologists, and graduate students

Table of Contents

Preface Ch. 1:The Merging of Metapopulation Theory and Marine Ecology: Establishing the Historical Context Section I: Fishes Ch. 2:The Metapopulation Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes Ch. 3:Metapopulation Structure in Temperate Rock Reef Fishes Ch. 4:Estuarine and Diadromous Fish Metapopulations Section II: Invertebrates Ch. 5:Metapopulation Dynamics of Hard Corals Ch. 6:Population and Spatial Structure of Two Common Temperate Reef Hervibores: Abalone and Sea-Urchins Ch. 7:Rocky Intertidal Invertebrates: The Potential for Metapopulations Within and Among Shores Ch. 8:Metapopulation Dynamics of Coastal Decapods Ch. 9:A Metaopulation Approach to Interpreting Diversity at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents Section III: Plants and Algae Ch.10:A Metapopulation Perspective on Patch Dynamics and Connectivity of Giant Kelp Ch.11: Seagrasses and the Metapopulation Concept: Developoing a Regional Approach to the Study of Extinction, Colonization and Dispersal Section IV: Perspectives Ch.12: Conservation Dynamics of Marine Metapopulations with Dispersing Larvae Ch.13: Genetic Approacches to Understanding Marine Metapopulation Dynamics Ch.14: Metapopulation Dynamics and Community Ecology of Marine Systems Ch.15: Metapopulation Ecology and Marine Conservation Ch.16:The Future of Metapopulation Science in Marine Ecology


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About the Author

Jacob Kritzer

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Defense, New York, U.S.A.

Peter Sale

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada


"This is the right book at the right time; for those not familiar with marine metapopulations, it is an excellent introduction. it will also serve as a valuable reference for those actively engaged in this research...Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." - G.C. Jensen in CHOICE