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dc.contributor.authorRandall, Carly J.
dc.contributor.authorJordán-Garza, Adán Guillermo
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Erinn M.
dc.contributor.authorvan Woesik, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T20:40:11Z
dc.date.available2015-03-18T20:40:11Z
dc.date.issued2014-07
dc.identifier.citationRandall, C. J., Jordan-Garza, A. G., Muller, E. M., & Van Woesik, R. (2014). Relationships between the history of thermal stress and the relative risk of diseases of caribbean corals. Ecology, 95(7), 1981-1994.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11141/492
dc.description.abstractThe putative increase in coral diseases in the Caribbean has led to extensive declines in coral populations. Coral diseases are a consequence of the complex interactions among the coral hosts, the pathogens, and the environment. Yet, the relative influence that each of these components has on the prevalence of coral diseases is unclear. Also unknown is the extent to which historical thermal-stress events have influenced the prevalence of contemporary coral diseases and the potential adjustment of coral populations to thermal stress. We used a Bayesian approach to test the hypothesis that in 2012 the relative risk of four signs of coral disease (white signs, dark spots, black bands, and yellow signs) differed at reef locations with different thermal histories. We undertook an extensive spatial study of coral diseases at four locations in the Caribbean region (103 km), two with and two without a history of frequent thermal anomalies (;4-6 years) over the last 143 years (1870-2012). Locations that historically experienced frequent thermal anomalies had a significantly higher risk of corals displaying white signs, and had a lower risk of corals displaying dark spots, than locations that did not historically experience frequent thermal anomalies. By contrast, there was no relationship between the history of thermal stress and the relative risk of corals displaying black bands and yellow signs, at least at the spatial scale of our observations.en_US
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dc.titleRelationships between the history of thermal stress and the relative risk of diseases of Caribbean coralsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1890/13-0774.1


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