The objective of this study was to assess how herbivore density interacts with algae species richness to influence recovery rates of rocky shore communities following severe, small-scale disturbances.
Site Selection Criteria:
The experimental site was located in the mid-high intertidal zone, 1 m above the mean low water mark.
Cause Of Decline:
Due to increased anthropogenic influence in marine ecosystems, environmental disturbances are occurring with greater frequency. Therefore it has become increasingly important to understand the underlying mechanisms that determine the rates of recovery from disturbances. Recovery rates may be influenced by environmental stresses, resource supplies and community characteristics.
Seaweed richness and herbivory increase rate of community recovery from disturbance
Ecology, Vol. 93.https://doi.org/10.1890/11-0457.1