We are in the midst of a major die-off of coastal wetlands – what is to blame? Dr. Brian Silliman has studied some possible culprits, such as the overfishing of top predators, pollution, and climate stress. Different coastal ecosystems seem to be variably sensitive to these stresses, which combined with stresses from herbivores, have a huge impact on the health of the ecosystem.
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Two leading ecologists describe the complex interactions between species and their environment in aquatic ecosystems. Using field experiments, the researchers illustrate how interactions among organisms such as fish, crab, insects, snails, and algae determine the vitality of rivers and coastal...