Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6501-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6501-2021
Research article
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17 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 17 Dec 2021

Quantifying functional consequences of habitat degradation on a Caribbean coral reef

Alice E. Webb, Didier M. de Bakker, Karline Soetaert, Tamara da Costa, Steven M. A. C. van Heuven, Fleur C. van Duyl, Gert-Jan Reichart, and Lennart J. de Nooijer

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The biogeochemical behaviour of shallow reef communities is quantified to better understand the impact of habitat degradation and species composition shifts on reef functioning. The reef communities investigated barely support reef functions that are usually ascribed to conventional coral reefs, and the overall biogeochemical behaviour is found to be similar regardless of substrate type. This suggests a decrease in functional diversity which may therefore limit services provided by this reef.
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