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dc.contributor.advisorWeil, Ernesto F.
dc.contributor.authorLucas, Matthew Q.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation consists of three peer-reviewed publications that are integrated by their collective contribution to several different scales of information (molecular, community, and landscape) that are important in coral reef ecology. At the molecular level, (1) Symbiodinium diversity in a reef-building coral between shallow and mesophotic depths among different islands in the Northern Caribbean, (2) at the community level, we studied the predation by Cyphoma gibbosum on the octocoral community among La Parguera’s reefs, (3) and at the landscape level we examined the influence of the water column on spectral diversity and its implications for monitoring shallow water marine communities using remote sensing. In Chapter 5, I provide a few concluding comments regarding active and practical conservation goals on the basis that coral reef resilience and sustainable ecosystem services are dependendent on maintaining high biodiversity.en_US
dc.description.abstractEsta tesis consiste en tres artículos científicos especializados que se integran por su contribución colectiva a varias escalas diferentes de información (molecular, la comunidad, y paisaje) que son importantes en la ecología de los arrecifes de coral. A nivel molecular, ( 1 ) la diversidad Symbiodinium en un arrecife de coral de la capacidad entre las aguas poco profundas y mesophotic entre las diferentes islas en el Caribe Norte, ( 2 ) a nivel comunitario, se estudió la depredación por Cyphoma gibbosum en la comunidad octocoral entre los arrecifes de La Parguera, ( 3) y a nivel del paisaje, se analizó la influencia de la columna de agua sobre la diversidad espectral y sus implicaciones para la vigilancia de las comunidades marinas de aguas poco profundas usando sensores remotos. En el capítulo 5, proporciono un par de observaciones finales relativas a los objetivos de conservación activas y prácticas sobre la base de que la capacidad de recuperación de arrecifes de coral y servicios de los ecosistemas sostenibles se dependendent en el mantenimiento de una alta biodiversidad.en_US
dc.subjectRemote sensingen_US
dc.subjectPredation (Biology)en_US
dc.subjectCoral reef ecologyen_US
dc.subjectCoral reefs--Geneticsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCoral reef ecology--Puerto Rico--Reserva Natural de La Parguera.en_US
dc.subject.lcshCoral reef ecology--Caribbean Area.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPredation (Biology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshOctocorallia--Puerto Rico--Reserva Natural de La Parguera.en_US
dc.titleIntegrated studies in coral reef ecology: Genetics, octocoral predation, and remote sensingen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2016 Matthew Q. Lucasen_US
dc.contributor.committeeSchizas, Nikolaos V.
dc.contributor.committeeNadathur, Govind
dc.contributor.representativeSmith, Matthew C. Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Marine Sciencesen_US

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