Marine Metapopulations

Marine Metapopulations

1st Edition - April 6, 2006

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  • Authors: Jacob Kritzer, Peter Sale
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887811
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454719

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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

  • Part I: Introduction

    Chapter 1: The Merging of Metapopulation Theory and Marine Ecology: Establishing the Historical Context

    Part II: Fishes

    Chapter 2: The Metapopulation Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes

    Chapter 3: Temperate Rocky Reef Fishes

    Chapter 4: Estuarine and Diadromous Fish Metapopulations

    Part III: Invertebrates

    Chapter 5: Metapopulation Dynamics of Hard Corals

    Chapter 6: Population and Spatial Structure of Two Common Temperate Reef Herbivores: Abalone and Sea Urchins

    Chapter 7: Rocky Intertidal Invertebrates: The Potential for Metapopulations within and among Shores

    Chapter 8: Metapopulation Dynamics of Coastal Decapods

    Chapter 9: A Metapopulation Approach to Interpreting Diversity at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

    Part IV: Plants and Algae

    Chapter 10: A Metapopulation Perspective on the Patch Dynamics of Giant Kelp in Southern California

    Chapter 11: Seagrasses and the Metapopulation Concept: Developing a Regional Approach to the Study of Extinction, Colonization, and Dispersal

    Part V: Perspectives

    Chapter 12: Conservation Dynamics of Marine Metapopulations with Dispersing Larvae

    Chapter 13: Genetic Approaches to Understanding Marine Metapopulation Dynamics

    Chapter 14: Metapopulation Dynamics and Community Ecology of Marine Systems

    Chapter 15: Metapopulation Ecology and Marine Conservation

    Chapter 16: The Future of Metapopulation Science in Marine Ecology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 576
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: April 6, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887811
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454719

About the Authors

Jacob Kritzer

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Peter Sale

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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