To make sure busy resource managers have access to the latest coral reef and reef fishery science and management strategies, the Reef Resilience Network compiles summaries and links to recent scientific publications. We select articles we think are relevant to resource managers working to address the impacts of global climate change and other stressors at local scales, and who are building resilience into daily management activities.


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Towards A Network of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) In The Western Indian Ocean

This study describes the increasing use of community based management of marine resources in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) and assesses locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), producing the first regional inventory. LMMAs are managed for sustainable use and utilize a combination of management tools; in this paper their geography, number, size, and governance structure were […]


Sediment And Turbidity Associated With Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs

This study provides the first empirical evidence linking turbidity and sedimentation with elevated levels of coral disease and other indicators of compromised health in situ. The study was conducted in Australia’s Montebello and Barrow Islands, encompassing marine managed areas characterized by low human use, minimal development/industry and strict management. Detailed coral health assessments were conducted […]

Locations: Pacific


Relationship Between Phylogeny And Immunity Suggests Older Caribbean Coral Lineages Are More Resistant to Disease

This study looked at the evolutionary importance of coral immune traits, which are related to phylogeny in other organisms. 140 different fragments from healthy coral colonies were sampled, representing 14 of the most common Caribbean hard corals (20% of regional hard coral diversity) to test for the presence of a phylogenetic signal in immune traits. […]

Locations: Caribbean


Community Change and Evidence For Variable Warm-Water Temperature Adaptation Of Corals In Northern Male Atoll, Maldives

This study is a descriptive analysis of coral reef communities in North Male, Maldives seven years after the major 1998 coral bleaching event with the goal of evaluating ongoing changes and ability for adaptation. The study looked at coral community composition, recruitment community, evidence for recovery and responses to corals to a subsequent thermal anomaly […]


Larval Dispersal And Movement Patterns Of Coral Reef Fishes, And Implications For Marine Reserve Network Design

Marine reserves are an effective tool for conservation and fisheries management in tropical marine ecosystems. They provide benefits to surrounding areas through the export of eggs, larvae, juveniles and adults to other reserves and fished areas. To increase conservation and fisheries benefits, connectivity (i.e. demographic linking of local populations through the dispersal of individuals as […]

Locations: Pacific


Coral Reef Community Composition in the Context of Disturbance History on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Spatial assessments of coral reef communities across five reefs of the central Great Barrier Reef were conducted. Reef condition proxies included coral cover, coral composition, coral recruit density, reef structural complexity and fish assemblages. Each reef was characterized by different disturbance histories: two were undisturbed in the past 15 years and three reefs had experienced […]

Locations: Pacific


Marine Protected Area Networks: Assessing Whether the Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

This study looks at whether MPAs in a given network have synergistic benefits on ecological, economic, and social management levels. A proposed analytical framework assessed whether ecological effects across entire an MPA network are greater than the sum of the effects occurring within each individual MPA and evaluates an MPA network in Hawai’i using monitoring […]

Locations: Pacific


Retention of Habitat Complexity Minimizes Disassembly of Reef Fish Communities following Disturbance: A Large-Scale Natural Experiment

A natural experiment used data collected over 20 years from reefs spread over 115,000 km2 of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) to test how the loss of live coral versus loss of habitat complexity influenced reef fish community structure, reef fish diversity and fish species abundance. Reefs from a long-term monitoring program were classified into […]

Locations: Pacific


Persistence and Change in Community Composition of Reef Corals through Present, Past and Future Climates

This study looked at long-term data from fossil and modern coral reefs to test for variation among coral genera over time, both in rates and directions of change in abundance. Data was synthesized from seven extant reefs, creating 78 trajectories of changing coral cover by genus in the Caribbean and 153 trajectories in the Indo-Pacific. […]


Assessing Habitat Risk From Human Activities To Inform Coastal And Marine Spatial Planning: A Demonstration In Belize

The expansion of existing and emerging ocean uses has negative effects on ecosystems that provide habitat for key species and benefits to people. Integrated coastal and ocean management needs straightforward approaches for understanding the effects people have on marine environment. In recent years, extensive research has resulted in development of accessible approaches and a better […]

Locations: Caribbean