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Marine Ecosystems
Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services


Part of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

Tasman Crowe, Melanie Austen, Christopher L. J. Frid, Caroline Hattam, Tobias Börger, Devin Lyons, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Rolf Vinebrooke, Odette Paramor, Fabio Bulleri, Gee Chapman, Samuli Korpinen, Erik Bonsdorff, Emma Johnston, Mariana Mayer-Pinto, Mads Solgaard Thomsen, Thomas Wernberg, David Schiel, Samantha Garrard, Dave Raffaelli
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  • Date Published: June 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037670

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  • Ecosystem services are emerging as a key driver of conservation policy and environmental management. Delivery of ecosystem services depends on the efficient functioning of ecosystems, which in turn depends on biodiversity and environmental conditions. Many marine ecosystems are extremely productive and highly valued, but they are increasingly threatened by human activities. With contributions from leading researchers, this volume synthesises current understanding of the effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning caused by a variety of human activities and pressures at play in coastal marine ecosystems. The authors examine the likely consequences for ecosystem service provision, covering key topics including fisheries, aquaculture, physical structures, nutrients, chemical contaminants, marine debris and invasive species. Critically reviewing the latest developments, this is a unique resource both for environmental managers and policy-makers, and for researchers and students in marine ecology and environmental management.

    • Features contributions from leading researchers, providing a current synthesis of key concepts for understanding human impacts on marine ecosystems and for environmental decision-making based on ecosystem services
    • Links knowledge of human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with research into ecosystem services, integrating two historically separate areas
    • Covers all major human activities and pressures on coastal marine ecosystems, including fisheries, aquaculture, chemical contaminants and invasive species, enabling readers to assess trade-offs on the basis of available scientific evidence
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    '… a valuable tool for those involved in policy and resource management.' Choice

    '… a balanced, engaging, and useful volume. It is a delight to read and concise. This publication provides a much-needed and effective bridge between the academic state of the art and the policy actions the science might be invoked to support. The book is well suited for graduate students, as well as the broad audience of scientists working in government, management, or nonprofit contexts.' Mary I. O'Connor, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037670
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 9 colour illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Part I. Key Concepts:
    1. Introduction Tasman Crowe, Melanie Austen and Christopher L. J. Frid
    2. Ecosystem services and benefits from marine ecosystems Melanie Austen, Caroline Hattam and Tobias Börger
    3. Assessing human impacts on marine ecosystems Christopher L. J. Frid and Tasman Crowe
    4. Modifiers of impacts on marine ecosystems: disturbance regimes, multiple stressors and receiving environments Devin Lyons, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Christopher L. J. Frid and Rolf Vinebrooke
    5. Impacts of changing biodiversity on marine ecosystem functioning Tasman Crowe
    Part II. Impacts of Human Activities and Pressures:
    6. Marine fisheries and aquaculture Odette Paramor and Christopher L. J. Frid
    7. Artificial physical structures Fabio Bulleri and Gee Chapman
    8. Eutrophication and hypoxia: impacts of nutrient and organic enrichment Samuli Korpinen and Erik Bonsdorff
    9. Pollution: effects of chemical contaminants and debris Emma Johnston and Mariana Mayer-Pinto
    10. Invasions by non-indigenous species Mads Solgaard Thomsen, Thomas Wernberg and David Schiel
    Part III. Synthesis and Conclusions:
    11. Human activities and ecosystem service use: impacts and trade-offs Melanie Austen, Caroline Hattam and Samantha Garrard
    12. Conclusions Tasman Crowe, Dave Raffaelli and Christopher L. J. Frid

  • Authors

    Tasman P. Crowe, University College Dublin
    Tasman P. Crowe is Associate Dean of Science and a member of the Earth Institute and the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin. He has undertaken research in Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Ireland, the UK and continental Europe, studying individual and combined impacts of a range of stressors on marine benthic habitats, particularly rocky shores, and field-based testing of biomonitoring tools.

    Christopher L. J. Frid, Griffith University, Queensland
    Christopher L. J. Frid is Professor of Marine Biology and Head of the Griffith School of Environment at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. A benthic ecologist by background, his research has sought to understand how marine ecosystems function and how human impacts alter the dynamics of these systems. He has worked in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as in Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.


    Tasman Crowe, Melanie Austen, Christopher L. J. Frid, Caroline Hattam, Tobias Börger, Devin Lyons, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Rolf Vinebrooke, Odette Paramor, Fabio Bulleri, Gee Chapman, Samuli Korpinen, Erik Bonsdorff, Emma Johnston, Mariana Mayer-Pinto, Mads Solgaard Thomsen, Thomas Wernberg, David Schiel, Samantha Garrard, Dave Raffaelli

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