Seasonal upwelling reduces herbivore control of tropical rocky intertidal algal communities

Andrew Sellers, Brian Leung, Andrew Altieri, Benjamin Turner, Jess Glanz & Mark Torchin
Communities are shaped by a variety of ecological and environmental processes, each acting at different spatial scales. Seminal research on rocky shores highlighted the effects of consumers as local determinants of primary productivity and community assembly. However, it is now clear that the species interactions shaping communities at local scales are themselves regulated by large-scale oceanographic processes that generate regional variation in resource availability. Upwelling events deliver nutrient-rich water to coastal ecosystems, influencing primary productivity...
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