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PhD thesis data: Variation in structure and function of reef fish assemblages among distinct coral habitats, by Laura E. Richardson (2018)

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PhD thesis data: Variation in structure and function of reef fish assemblages among distinct coral habitats, by Laura E. Richardson (2018)
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2018-07-19
Date Record Modified
2018-07-25
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2014-09-01 to 2016-10-31
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia (14°41′S, 145°27′E)
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  1. Type: brief

    Dataset for phD thesis: Variation in structure and function of reef fish assemblages among distinct coral habitats, by Laura E. Richardson (2018)

  2. Type: full

    Introduction [from the Thesis Abstract]: Anthropogenic disturbances are altering the abundance and distribution of organisms across biomes, disrupting the function and stability of ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide. On tropical coral reefs, global climate change and a range of local stressors are reducing populations of habitat-building corals, resulting in unprecedented coral loss and marked shifts in coral species dominance due to differential susceptibilities of coral taxa to disturbance. However, the extent to which shifts in coral species composition will alter the organization of associated organisms and undermine the resilience of coral reefs remains unclear. This thesis exploited a natural experiment on reefs surrounding Lizard Island, Australia, where multiple taxonomically distinct coral habitats existed, characterised by dominance of differing coral taxa, to assess the influence of coral species composition on the structure, function and resilience of reef fish assemblages. Specifically, the four data chapters of this thesis (2–5) addressed the following questions: (1) How does coral species composition affect the cross-scale structural complexity of coral reef habitats? (2) How does the functional diversity of reef fish assemblages vary among taxonomically distinct coral habitats? (3) To what extent does pre-disturbance coral species composition influence the susceptibility of reef fish assemblages to coral bleaching events? (4) Do critical herbivory functions (browsing and grazing) vary among distinct coral habitats?

    This data collection consists of a spreadsheet saved in both MS Excel (.xlsx) and Open Document (.ods) formats. The files contain 18 worksheets for the data chapters 2-5:

    Chapter 2: Cross-scale habitat structure driven by coral species composition on tropical reefs

    • Ch2 Benthos data
    • Ch2 cross-scale complexity

    This data has been previously published in the Tropical Data Hub and is available from the link below. The full methodology is available from the 'Related Publication' link. 

    Richardson, L. (2017). Cross-scale habitat structure driven by coral species composition on tropical reefs. James Cook University. [Data Files] http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/28/593893efcb5cb

    Chapter 3: Structural complexity mediates functional structure of reef fish assemblages among coral habitats

    • Ch3 site info
    • Ch3 benthos data
    • Ch3 fish data
    • Ch3 traits matrix
    • Ch 3 benthos diversity
    • Ch3 FD [functional diversity] data

    The full methodology is available in the Related Publication.

    Chapter 4: Mass coral bleaching causes biotic homogenization of reef fish assemblages

    • Ch4 benthos data
    • Ch4 fish data
    • Ch4 traits matrix
    • Ch4 FD [functional diversity] data

    The full methodology is available in the Related Publication.

    Chapter 5: Differential response of key ecosystem processes to coral composition

    • Ch5 benthos data
    • Ch5 herbivore fish data
    • Ch5 assay data
    • Ch5 MA [macroalgal assay] video bite rates
    • Ch5 turf assay data
    • Ch5 productivity data - unused

    The full methodology is available in the author's thesis.

Related Publications
  1. Richardson, Laura E., Graham, Nicholas A.J., and Hoey, Andrew S. (2017) Cross-scale habitat structure driven by coral species composition on tropical reefs. Scientific Reports, 7 (1)
    Open Access
  2. Richardson, Laura E., Graham, Nicholas A.J., Pratchett, Morgan S., and Hoey, Andrew S. (2017) Structural complexity mediates functional structure of reef fish assemblages among coral habitats. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 100 (3), pp. 193-207.
  3. Richardson, Laura E., Graham, Nicholas A.J., Pratchett, Morgan S., Eurich, Jacob G. and Hoey, Andrew S. (2018) Mass coral bleaching causes biotic homogenization of reef fish assemblages. Global Change Biology, 24(7), pp. 3117-3129.
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People
Creators
  1. Owned by: Ms Laura Richardson , laura.richardson1@my.jcu.edu.au , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  2. Associated with: Dr Andrew Hoey , andrew.hoey1@jcu.edu.au , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  3. Associated with: Dr Nicholas Graham , nick.graham@jcu.edu.au , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Marine Biology & Aquaculture
  4. Associated with: Prof Morgan Pratchett , morgan.pratchett@jcu.edu.au , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Marine Biology & Aquaculture
Primary Contact
Ms Laura Richardson, laura.richardson1@my.jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Dr Andrew Hoey , andrew.hoey1@jcu.edu.au
  2. Dr Nicholas Graham , nick.graham@jcu.edu.au
  3. Prof Morgan Pratchett , morgan.pratchett@jcu.edu.au
Collaborators
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
Socio-Economic Objective
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Keywords
  1. coral reefs
  2. functional ecology
  3. traits
  4. scales
  5. functional diversity
  6. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  7. ecosystem function
  8. herbivory
  9. functional redundancy
  10. structural complexity
  11. coral species composition
  12. assemblage structure
  13. climate change
  14. biodiversity
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
License
CC BY-NC 4.0: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International
License - Other
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Access Rights/Conditions
Please contact the data manager or nominated primary contact to negotiate access to this data. If you have difficulty, please contact researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
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conditional
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Stored At
Secure data section of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) archive - eResearch Centre, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Citation
Cite:
Richardson, L.; Hoey, A.; Graham, N.; Pratchett, M. (2018). PhD thesis data: Variation in structure and function of reef fish assemblages among distinct coral habitats. James Cook University. (dataset). http://dx.doi.org/10.25903/5b57b93f463b5
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.25903/5b57b93f463b5