Tropicalization of temperate reef fish communities facilitated by urchin grazing and diversity of thermal affinities

Jasmin Schuster, Rick Stuart-Smith, Graham Edgar & Amanda Bates
Aim: Global declines in structurally complex habitats are reshaping both land and seascapes in directions that affect biological communities’ responses to warming. Here, we test whether widespread loss of kelp habitats through sea urchin overgrazing systematically changes sensitivity of fish communities to warming. Location: Global temperate latitudes Time period: Modern Major taxa studied: Fishes Methods: Community thermal affinity shifts related to habitat were assessed by simulating and comparing fish communities from 2,271 surveys across 15...
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