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Following Biodiversity Changes Across The Global Ocean

Keywords: Marine Protected Areas; Biodiversity connectivity

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are key tools for ocean resource management and conservation. They prevent marine biodiversity declines and increase the resilience of ecosystems by protecting critical habitats and spawning biomass, as well as by supplying propagule and adult spillover to adjacent unprotected areas…


Keywords: Rhodoliths; Maerl beds; Climate change refugia; Trawling

Rhodolith beds are overlooked ecosystems of colorful algae mats (similar to corals) laying on the sea bottom of coastal regions around the world. …


The glacial and interglacial cycles of the Quaternary were particularly important in shaping the distribution of marine species, with range expansions and contractions responding to climate oscillations.

The Last Glacial Maximum was one of the most extreme periods of the Quaternary, resulting in severe reductions in the northern distribution of…


Populations occurring along low latitude ranges are expected to retain high and unique genetic diversity because they persisted throughout the last glacial period and until our times. However, recent climate change is producing range shifts at the edge of distributions, where changes on the limiting niche of species is leading…


Multivariate predictive modelling developed with fish assemblages data for the last 50 yr revealed that species with tropical affinities have increased in frequency compared to cold-temperate species.

Biogeographic transition zones in marine temperate systems are often hotspots of biodiversity, with high levels of resilience to short-term climate shifts due to…


A recent publication reviews the effects of global and local stressors on European seaweeds, their communities, and ecosystem functioning.

Following a brief review on the present knowledge on European seaweed diversity and distribution, and the role of seaweed communities in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, we discuss the effects of biotic…


Climate changes produces distributional shifts and shapes genetic diversity levels of species world-wide. In regions where climate conditions allowed populations to persist (i.e., refugia), high and unique genetic diversity is expected. …


Invasive species represent one of the main threats to global biodiversity, affecting the function and structure of natural ecological communities and causing annual economic losses amounting to billions of dollars worldwide.

Since the publication of Charles Elton’s book “The ecology of invasions by animals and plants” in 1958, biological invasions…

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Following Biodiversity Changes Across The Global Ocean

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