Capstone Title

A Review of the Significance of Herbivory in Structuring Coral Reef Ecosystems

Defense Date

6-2007

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

M.S. Marine Biology

First Advisor

James Thomas

Second Advisor

Curtis Burney

Abstract

While coral reef ecosystems have been studied extensively, a complete understanding of how they function remains elusive. This paper reviews the role and significance of herbivory in structuring coral reef ecosystems. This will be accomplished by investigating the history, ecological role, and spatial scales of coral reef herbivory and discussing factors causing changes in coral reef community structure and the evolution of research on herbivory.

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