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dc.contributor.authorGaylord, Ben
dc.contributor.authorKroeker, KJen
dc.contributor.authorSunday, JMen
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, KMen
dc.contributor.authorBarry, JPen
dc.contributor.authorBrown, NEen
dc.contributor.authorConnell, SDen
dc.contributor.authorDupont, Sen
dc.contributor.authorFabricius, KEen
dc.contributor.authorHall-Spencer, JHen
dc.contributor.authorKlinger, Ten
dc.contributor.authorMilazzo, Men
dc.contributor.authorMunday, PLen
dc.contributor.authorRussell, BDen
dc.contributor.authorSanford, Een
dc.contributor.authorSchreiber, SJen
dc.contributor.authorThiyagarajan, Ven
dc.contributor.authorVaughan, MLHen
dc.contributor.authorWiddicombe, Sen
dc.contributor.authorHarley, CDGen

Ocean acidification, chemical changes to the carbonate system of seawater, is emerging as a key environmental challenge accompanying global warming and other human-induced perturbations. Considerable research seeks to define the scope and character of potential outcomes from this phenomenon, but a crucial impediment persists. Ecological theory, despite its power and utility, has been only peripherally applied to the problem. Here we sketch in broad strokes several areas where fundamental principles of ecology have the capacity to generate insight into ocean acidification's consequences. We focus on conceptual models that, when considered in the context of acidification, yield explicit predictions regarding a spectrum of population- and community-level effects, from narrowing of species ranges and shifts in patterns of demographic connectivity, to modified consumer-resource relationships, to ascendance of weedy taxa and loss of species diversity. Although our coverage represents only a small fraction of the breadth of possible insights achievable from the application of theory, our hope is that this initial foray will spur expanded efforts to blend experiments with theoretical approaches. The result promises to be a deeper and more nuanced understanding of ocean acidification'and the ecological changes it portends.

dc.format.extent3 - 15en
dc.subjectClimate Changeen
dc.subjectModels, Biologicalen
dc.subjectOceans and Seasen
dc.titleOcean acidification through the lens of ecological theory.en
dc.typeJournal Article
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/00 Groups by role
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering/School of Biological and Marine Sciences
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/PRIMaRE Publications
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA/UoA07 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Marine Institute
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen
dc.rights.embargoperiodNo embargoen
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen

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