The authors, Alemu and Clement, monitored the bleaching response at 3 sites across Tobago during a bleaching event in 2010. The purpose was to find nodes of reef resilience in Tobago by identifying taxa resilient to bleaching. This will assist local coral reef managers in the decision making process by recognizing reefs that should be conserved. For 6 months, the authors monitored about 650 colonies (composed of 30 taxa) at three sites, and gained an understanding of which influences (freshwater lenses, water temperature, terrestrial run-off) may be most important at those sites. The study highlighted the importance of understanding local variables in the management of reefs.
Author: Alemu I, J. B. and Y. Clement
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PLoS ONE 9(1): e83829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083829