NCEAS Project 10981

Can coral reefs survive climate change?

  • Marissa L. Baskett

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow13th September 2006—30th June 2008Participant List  

Abstract
Climate change threatens the persistence of coral reef ecosystems in the near future through the increase in mass coral bleaching events associated with the increased frequency and magnitude of temperature extremes. However, corals and their symbiotic algae may have the potential to respond to climate change through community shifts, physiological acclimation, and genetic adaptation. I will use analytical models and computer simulations to explore (1) the potential for coral communities to respond to a rapidly changing climate, (2) the potential indicators of coral communities most likely to survive future climate change, and (3) the interaction between additional anthropogenic impacts and coral responses to climate change. These models will further the understanding of the interaction between evolutionary and ecological processes, inform conservation management decisions, and create a theoretical framework for synthesizing coral bleaching data.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Baskett, Marissa L. 2006. Biodiversity and spatial management: Simple models of interacting species. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations Annual Conference, 5 December 2006. Pacific Grove, CA.
Journal Article Baskett, Marissa L. 2007. Simple fisheries and marine reserve models of interacting species: An overview and example with recruitment facilitation. CalCOFI Reports. Vol: 48. Pages 71-81.
Presentations Baskett, Marissa L. 2007. The role of symbiont diversity in coral response to climate change. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, 10 November 2007. Ventura, CA.
Presentations Baskett, Marissa L. 2007. Why evolution matters to conservation. Dissertation Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research Symposium, 12 September 2007. Kilauea Volcano, HI.
Presentations Baskett, Marissa L. 2008. Ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change: Implications for marine management. Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans, 23 May 2008. Gijon, Spain.
Presentations Baskett, Marissa L. 2008. Rapid evolution and marine conservation. Brown University, 28 April 2008. Providence, RI.
Journal Article Baskett, Marissa L.; Halpern, Benjamin S. 2009. Marine Ecosystem Services. Edited by Levin, S.A.. Guide to Ecology. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. Pages 619-624.
Journal Article Baskett, Marissa L.; Gaines, Steven D.; Nisbet, Roger M. 2009. Symbiont diversity may help coral reefs survive moderate climate change. Ecological Applications. Vol: 19(1). Pages 3–17.
Journal Article Baskett, Marissa L.; Nisbet, Roger M.; Kappel, Carrie V.; Mumby, Peter J.; Gaines, Steven D. 2010. Conservation management approaches to protecting the capacity for corals to respond to climate change: A theoretical comparison. Global Change Biology. Vol: 16(4). Pages 1229-1246.
Journal Article Orrock, John L.; Baskett, Marissa L.; Holt, Robert D. 2010. Spatial interplay of plant competition and consumer foraging mediate plant coexistence and drive the invasion ratchet. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. Vol: 277. Pages 3307-3315. (Online version)