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Ocean Acidification Through the Lens of Ecological Theory

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dc.contributor.author Gaylord, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-11T20:05:06Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-11T20:05:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.identifier.citation 6 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 252 (2016) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1609
dc.description ECOLOGY. 2015. 96:3–15. Republished with permission from the Ecological Society of America and John Wiley & Sons, ECOLOGY, 96(1), 2015, pp. 3-15 (the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy made no edits to this article en_US
dc.description.abstract Brian Gaylord, Kristy J. Kroeker & Eric Sanford, Bodega Marine Laboratory and Dep’t of Evolution & Ecology, U. of Cal.–Davis, Bodega Bay. Jennifer M. Sunday, Kathryn M. Anderson, Norah E. Brown & Christopher D. G. Harley, Dep’t of Zoology & Biodiversity Research Centre, U. of Brit. Columbia, Vancouver, BC James P. Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst., Moss Landing, CA Sean D. Connel & Bayden D. Russell, Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories, School of Earth & Envt’l Sciences, and Envt. Inst., U. of Adelaide, S. Australia. Sam Dupont, Dep’t of Biol. & Envt’l Sciences, U. of Gothenburg, The Sven Love ́n Centre for Marine Sciences, Sweden. Katharina E. Fabricius Australian Inst. of Marine Science, PMB 3, Townsville, Queensland Australia. Jason M. Hall-Spencer, School of Marine Science & Engineering, U. of Plymouth, UK. Terrie Klinger, School of Marine and Envt’l Affairs, U. of Wash., Seattle, Washington Marco Milazzo, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare, U. of Palermo, Palermo, Italy. Philip L. Munday, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Sebastian J. Schreiber, Dep’t of Evolution & Ecology, U. of Cal., Davis, CA. Vengatesen Thiyagarajan, Swire Inst. of Marine Sciences & School of Biological Sciences, U. of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Steven Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Devon PL1 3DH UK. ABSTRACT: Ocean acidification, chemical changes to the carbonate system of seawater, is emerging as a key environmental challenge accompanying global warming and other human-induced perturbations. Considerable research seeks to define the scope and character of potential outcomes from this phenomenon, but a crucial impediment persists. Ecological theory, despite its power and utility, has been only peripherally applied to the problem. Here we sketch in broad strokes several areas where fundamental principles of ecology have the capacity to generate insight into ocean acidification’s consequences. We focus on conceptual models that, when considered in the context of acidification, yield explicit predictions regarding a spectrum of population- and community-level effects, from narrowing of species ranges and shifts in patterns of demographic connectivity, to modified consumer–resource relationships, to ascendance of weedy taxa and loss of species diversity. Although our coverage represents only a small fraction of the breadth of possible insights achievable from the application of theory, our hope is that this initial foray will spur expanded efforts to blend experiments with theoretical approaches. The result promises to be a deeper and more nuanced understanding of ocean acidification and the ecological changes it portends. KEY WORDS: anthropogenic climate change; ecological models; ecological theories; elevated carbon dioxide; environmental threats; global environmental change; marine stressors. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.subject Ocean Acidification: Understanding the Other Climate Crisis en_US
dc.subject Part I: The Reality of Ocean Acidification en_US
dc.title Ocean Acidification Through the Lens of Ecological Theory en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © 2015 by the Ecological Society of America en_US

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