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The incredible marine diversity under boat docks

Coastal marine environments are impacted by human disturbance. Dock pilings allow MarineGEO researchers to study these impacts in a standardized way around the world to understand whether biodiversity serves to stabilize ecosystems in the face of disturbance. MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellow Simon Brandl looks at the hidden diversity of little fishes and invertebrates on dock pilings to see if species rich dock pilings can better buffer these ecosystems against the effects of habitat loss. If higher diversity buffers against disturbance, there is incentive to preserve it.

 

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