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Vulnerable trait-combinations in corals and fishes and their management

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Organization address
city: LEEDS
postcode: LS2 9JT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UK (LEEDS) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

Vulnerable trait-combinations in corals and fishes and their management (Traits coRals fIshes Management)

Cross-taxon interdependencies govern many key ecosystem services, e.g. pollination, agricultural production and coral reef fisheries. Many of these services are deteriorating; this is especially pressing for coral reefs. Human and climate stress drives declines of global coral reef assets, but the characteristics of the most vulnerable species groups are poorly understood. Synergistic coral-fish relationships underpin key ecosystem functions on coral reefs, and control how coral reef ecosystems respond to climate and human stress. Emerging theory proposes that redistributions of reef species follow trait-based filtering, where species with certain combinations of traits, or functional types, are more vulnerable to stressors. Based on biogeographical transition environments and human use gradients as proxies for change, TRIM aims to examine which trait-combinations impart vulnerability to stress in corals and fishes independently and in coral-fish relationships that underpin reef function. Recognising the crucial role that coral-fish relationships play in shaping reef ecosystems, TRIM will discover which traits and functional types linking the two taxa drive their combined vulnerability. By evaluating the responses of coral and fish communities and their functional types under stress, this project will link this knowledge to potential management objectives and identify actions specific to functional types, where vulnerable organisms are stringently protected and others can still be used. I am trained as a marine conservation scientist with focus on spatial planning. With this fellowship, I aim to expand my knowledge and scientific standing in functional ecology, which I believe is a crucial field to inform new ways of natural resource and biodiversity management.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Derek P. Tittensor, Maria Beger, Kristina Boerder, Daniel G. Boyce, Rachel D. Cavanagh, Aurelie Cosandey-Godin, Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Daniel C. Dunn, Wildan Ghiffary, Susie M. Grant, Lee Hannah, Patrick N. Halpin, Mike Harfoot, Susan G. Heaslip, Nicholas W. Jeffery, Naomi Kingston, Heike K. Lotze, Jennifer McGowan, Elizabeth McLeod, Chris J. McOwen, Bethan C. O’Leary, Laurenne Schiller, Ryan
Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean
published pages: eaay9969, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay9969
Science Advances 5/11 2019-12-16
2018 Brigitte Sommer, Maria Beger, Peter L. Harrison, Russ C. Babcock, John M. Pandolfi
Differential response to abiotic stress controls species distributions at biogeographic transition zones
published pages: 478-490, ISSN: 0906-7590, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02986
Ecography 41/3 2019-11-11
2019 Sun W. Kim, Eugenia M. Sampayo, Brigitte Sommer, Carrie A. Sims, Maria del C. Gómez‐Cabrera, Steve J. Dalton, Maria Beger, Hamish A. Malcolm, Renata Ferrari, Nicola Fraser, Will F. Figueira, Stephen D. A. Smith, Scott F. Heron, Andrew H. Baird, Maria Byrne, C. Mark Eakin, Robert Edgar, Terry P. Hughes, Nicole Kyriacou, Gang Liu, Paloma A. Matis, William J. Skirving, John M. Pandolfi
Refugia under threat: Mass bleaching of coral assemblages in high‐latitude eastern Australia
published pages: 3918-3931, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14772
Global Change Biology 25/11 2019-11-11
2019 Sara E. Cannon, Simon D. Donner, Douglas Fenner, Maria Beger
The relationship between macroalgae taxa and human disturbance on central Pacific coral reefs
published pages: 161-173, ISSN: 0025-326X, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.05.024
Marine Pollution Bulletin 145 2019-11-11

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