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Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs presents the current state of knowledge of the ecology of important elements of southern Australian sub-tidal reef flora and fauna, and the underlying ecological principles. Preliminary chapters describe the geological origin, oceanography and biogeography of southern Australia, including the transitional temperate regions toward the Abrolhos Islands in the west and to Sydney in the east. The book then explains the origin and evolution of the flora and fauna at geological time scales as Australia separated from Antarctica; the oceanography of the region, including principal currents, and interactions with on-shelf waters; and the ecology of particular species or species groups at different trophic levels, starting with algae, then the ecological principles on which communities are organised. Finally, conservation and management issues are discussed. Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs is well illustrated with line drawings, figures and colour photographs showing the many species covered, and will be a much valued reference for biologists, undergraduates, and those interested and concerned with reef life and its natural history.
|Publication date:||15th October 2013|
|Categories:||Coral reefs, Animal ecology, Plant ecology,|
Scoresby A. Shepherd AO has worked for 40 years in fisheries and ecology. He has published 128 papers or chapters in books, and is the author or editor of numerous books such as Natural History of Gulf St Vincent, Marine Invertebrates of Southern Australia, Abalone of the World and Biology of Seagrasses. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006, and was awarded both the Australian Marine Sciences Association Jubilee Medal and the Royal Society of South Australia Sir Joseph Verco Medal. Graham J. Edgar is a pre-eminent authority on reef ecology, with over 100 papers on benthic algae, invertebrates, ...More About Scoresby Shepherd