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Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Sheppard

June 2014

ISBN: 9780199682775

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse of ecosystems. In this Very Short Introduction, Charles Sheppard tells the fascinating story of how and where coral reefs are formed and the diversity of marine life they support. He also highlights the threats they face due to exploitation and the conservation efforts in place to tackle these issues.

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Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse of ecosystems. In this Very Short Introduction, Charles Sheppard tells the fascinating story of how and where coral reefs are formed and the diversity of marine life they support. He also highlights the threats they face due to exploitation and the conservation efforts in place to tackle these issues.

  • A concise account of the most biodiverse ocean ecosystem
  • Explains how coral reefs are created and have evolved
  • Explores the geological and biological importance coral reefs hold and what we have learnt from them
  • Emphasizes the threats they face and the conservation efforts in place
  • Ideal for students of the biological sciences and marine biology
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Charles Sheppard, Professor in the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Charles Sheppard's research focuses mainly on community ecology, particularly on ecosystem responses to climate change. He works for a number of UN, Governmental, and aid agencies to advise on topical marine and costal developmental issues. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including The Biology of Coral Reefs (OUP, 2009).

Table of Contents

    1: Geology or biology?
    2: Ancient reefs
    3: The architects of a reef
    4: The resulting structure - a reef
    5: Microbial and planktonic engines of the reef
    6: Reef fish and major predators
    7: Growing pressures on reef ecosystems
    8: Climate change and reefs
    9: Doing something about it
    Further reading
    Index

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