Evolution reverses the effect of network structure on metapopulation persistence

Current ecological theory predicts that random networks with dispersal shortcuts connecting distant sites can promote persistence when there is no capacity for evolution. This paper demonstrates that incorporating evolution and environmental heterogeneity fundamentally alters theoretical predictions regarding persistence in ecological networks.

Quantifying global potential for coral evolutionary response to climate change

Using a global ecological and evolutionary model of competing branching and mounding coral morphotypes, this study shows symbiont shuffling was more effective than symbiont evolution in delaying coral-cover declines, but stronger warming rates outpace the ability of these adaptive processes and limit coral persistence.

Transitioning to co‑management in Caribbean reef fisheries: Tela Bay case study

We analyzed the 5-year transition process of a Caribbean reef fishery from top-down management to co-management. Despite previous research stating that the Caribbean in general, and Honduras in particular, are not ready for collaborative management approaches we saw that the Tela Bay was able to successfully implement a co-management system.

Ecomorphological analyses reveal impact of land-based stressors on stock structure of two commercially important fish species in the Caribbean

Many Caribbean nations lack information on the ecology and biology of marine species, which are essential for food security and livelihoods in the region. This study aimed to advance the knowledge of two commercially important fish species, lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris) and white grunt (Haemulon plumierii), using cost-efficient techniques.

Exploring determinants for the implementation of mixed TURF-aquaculture systems

This publication analyzes the implementation of a mixed Territorial Use Rights for Fishing (TURFs)-aquaculture system in Chile, as a means to offset the costs of TURFs. Furthermore, it pinpoints social capital as the key driver for the successful implementation of the mixed systems.

Management for network diversity speeds evolutionary adaptation to climate change

This pioneering study is one of the first to demonstrate that management that takes evolution and adaptation into account can help rescue coral reefs from climate change. The results show that smart decisions to protect reefs today lead to the conditions that can help corals adapt to rising temperatures.

Who Should Pick the Winners of Climate Change?

(Webster et al. 2017) Conservation strategies that focus on predicted winners risk undervaluing the balance of biological diversity from which climate change winners could otherwise emerge. Drawing on ecology, evolutionary biology, and portfolio theory, we propose a conservation approach designed to promote adaptation that is less dependent on uncertain predictions.

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